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I have a degree in Linguistics, but I work as a programmer. Most of my expertise about English is self-taught, plus lots of random trivia I've acquired here and there.

This is my favorite EL&U comment ever:

This isn't really a question about English so much as a question about hugs. Source


Apr
6
revised What's the difference between “these” and “those”?
formatting and tags
Apr
6
revised Different ways to pronounce “augh”
added two more tags
Apr
6
revised Is it correct to say that English has the dative case?
changed [grammar-case] to [grammar] and [case]
Apr
6
revised When using the preposition “for” should it be followed with the subjective or objective case?
formatted and retagged
Apr
6
comment Different ways to pronounce “augh”
@psmears, you're right about bough, which I've corrected above. However, I believe that there are at least three different ways that Slough can be pronounced: [slu], [slʌf], and [slaʊ], depending on what you're referring to. To avoid that issue, I've removed it brough the list above.
Apr
6
revised Different ways to pronounce “augh”
corrected bought
Apr
6
answered Different ways to pronounce “augh”
Apr
6
answered What's a word for a group of questions asked together?
Apr
6
revised Recognizing a Welsh accent
added 133 characters in body
Apr
6
comment Recognizing a Welsh accent
Ha ha about being "pretty good" :). I judge myself only by the standards of most other Americans, for whom all non-North American accents are "English", even if the accent in question is in fact Australian or South African.
Apr
6
revised Inhabitants of Vatican City would be referred to as ____
removed inappropriate [usage]
Apr
6
revised “Please let me know.”
added two more tags
Apr
6
asked Recognizing a Welsh accent
Apr
6
answered “Please let me know.”
Apr
6
comment Speculative conditional: Why does it use the past tense or past perfect tense?
@Louis, Here is the Proto-Germanic verb: wiki.verbix.com/Languages/Proto-Germanic. As you can see, the subjunctive forms are not particularly close to the past forms, though subsequent sound changes made their distinctiveness less clear. The Proto-Indo-European subjunctive and optative are even more distinct. An example inflection is here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proto-Indo-European_verb#.2Ab.CA.B0er-
Apr
5
comment Opposite of 'contaminate'
+1 for enrich.
Apr
5
comment “Would” with a present meaning—is this correct?
@Neil, @RiMMER, I removed [old-english] and just added [archaic], which should clarify things.
Apr
5
revised “Would” with a present meaning—is this correct?
added [archaic]
Apr
5
revised “Would” with a present meaning—is this correct?
replaced [old-english] with [modal-verbs]
Apr
5
answered “Would” with a present meaning—is this correct?