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A lover of etymology and etymological stories, even when untrue. Also possesing a knack for grammar, and no memory for vocabulary.

I have some background in testing computational linguistics algorithms, but these days am strictly an amateur, if a rather avid one.


Mar
6
answered Is there a secular, non vulgar alternative to “for heaven's sake”?
Nov
26
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
27
awarded  Yearling
Jan
31
comment How to indicate possession when using abbreviation “Dr.”
I meant honorific, but couldn't think of the word. Where I come from (Britain) a title is very different. A title also takes precedent over an honorific when addressing someone. A Lord who is a doctor will be called "your Lordship" or some such.
Jan
31
comment Why is “ass” considered obscene?
Note that ass is only considered obscene in North America. In Britain, it is considered a "weak, sad word" (-Terry Pratchett), as it an American sanitization of arse, which is the English vulgar word for backside.
Jan
29
answered Capitalisation of nouns in English in the 17th and 18th centuries
Jan
28
comment Is ‘Yes-ish’ a perfect alternative to Yes, or is it 'Yes ‘on condition’? Is it received English?
Ish in this use means "sort of". So yes-ish might mean someting like "yes, but not completely" or "yes, but not exactly".
Jan
27
answered Pronunciation of verbiage and foliage
Jan
27
comment What's the plural of quantum?
Quantum is a derivation from Latin, and thus takes the Latin pluralisation. Quantum->Quanta like Forum->Fora and so forth.
Jan
27
answered Abbreviations for higher SI prefixes?
Jan
27
comment In what context or situation (if any) would the words “try to see me” make sense?
@brilliant: It's the other way round. you're holding the camera, "me" denotes the person who should be seen through the camera.
Jan
27
answered How to indicate possession when using abbreviation “Dr.”
Jan
27
awarded  Teacher
Jan
27
answered “I want to come there” or “I want to go there”
Jan
27
answered In what context or situation (if any) would the words “try to see me” make sense?
Jan
27
awarded  Supporter