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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


Jan
28
comment If the letter J is only 400–500 years old, was there a J sound that preceded the design of the letter?
@BruceJames To begin with, Jesus' name in his native language was probably Aramaic, not Hebrew (which by Jesus' time was solely a liturgical language, not a spoken language). That said, I don't think there's any real controversy over the fact that Jesus' name was the Aramaic version of ישוע Yeshua.
Jan
28
answered If the letter J is only 400–500 years old, was there a J sound that preceded the design of the letter?
Jan
24
awarded  Notable Question
Jan
23
reviewed Approve suggested edit on actual / wise or both
Jan
23
revised Who knows which tenses of English are not used or used merely?
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Jan
23
revised Mob/Riot/Protest?
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Jan
23
revised What do you call unclean water that you can't see through?
removed gratuitous ellipses
Jan
22
revised Is “Didn't you have a meeting to attend to?” grammatical?
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Jan
22
answered “Good to hear” vs “Glad to hear”
Jan
22
revised “Good to hear” vs “Glad to hear”
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Jan
22
answered A Few Notes on Generic Reference
Jan
22
revised A Few Notes on Generic Reference
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Jan
22
revised Which one has better influence in academic writing?
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Jan
22
revised an one “no not” to eat
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Jan
21
comment “Am I going the right way for Downwood?” versus “Is this the right way to the station?” Why the change of preposition?
I don't understand why the manual wants you to change "Am I going the right way for Downwood?" That's a perfectly fine question.
Jan
21
revised 'In order to' or 'to'
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Jan
21
revised Plural noun and plural adjective
edited tags, reformatted
Jan
21
answered Plural noun and plural adjective
Jan
20
revised Why “What if I told you…” and not “What if I tell you…”?
edited tags; edited tags
Jan
18
reviewed Leave Open Do women tend to use the word “lovely” more often than men?