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Mar
28
comment Is there a word that means “as its name would suggest?”
Thanks for mentioning the informal use of "well." For the style of writing I tend to do, it seems like the best fit.
Mar
28
accepted Is there a word that means “as its name would suggest?”
Mar
28
comment Is there a word that means “as its name would suggest?”
@FumbleFingers Interesting word. Out of curiosity, would you provide examples of both of the use cases you mentioned?
Mar
28
asked Is there a word that means “as its name would suggest?”
Jan
31
comment Words that are pluralized in the middle?
@Cerberus Right, well, it's good to know that there are rules established for things like this. That's some comfort!
Jan
30
comment Words that are pluralized in the middle?
Gah! So many exceptions in this language! This form of pluralization always bothered me, but then again, I am a rather persnickety individual!
Jan
26
revised Why is “primer” pronounced with a short “i” sound?
Removed the title-style capitalization for the question title
Jan
26
comment Is there a technical term for the degeneration or evolution of words?
Ah, thanks for the comment. Yeah, I wasn't really sure what the best term was, so I took a chance. :)
Jan
26
accepted Why is “primer” pronounced with a short “i” sound?
Jan
26
comment Why is “primer” pronounced with a short “i” sound?
That's interesting that our personal experiences differ completely. I guess I'll stick with the short "i" sound because of its seemingly ubiquitous nature in American English, but it'll always bother me. :)
Jan
26
revised Why is “primer” pronounced with a short “i” sound?
Added clarifications based on answers and comments
Jan
26
comment When should I use an em-dash, an en-dash, and a hyphen?
I actually wrote a blog post about this recently: lucastizma.com/a-dash-of-grammar I'm all about using proper punctuation, but would you say it has become acceptable to effectively use a hyphen in place of most dashes?
Jan
26
accepted Is there a technical term for the degeneration or evolution of words?
Jan
26
asked Why is “primer” pronounced with a short “i” sound?
Jan
26
comment Is the expression “may or may not” semantically void?
Is there any reason to believe that using this phrase in formal writing or speech is less appropriate than a more direct expression? "I don't know if I will go to bed tonight," for example.
Jan
26
accepted Is the expression “may or may not” semantically void?
Jan
26
asked Is there a technical term for the degeneration or evolution of words?
Jan
26
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Jan
26
comment Is a whole cake still a “piece”
A very good, thorough explanation. You illustrate well the simultaneous frustration and beauty of subjective-laden concepts like language. :)
Jan
26
asked Is the expression “may or may not” semantically void?