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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
16
awarded  Enlightened
Jan
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
16
comment Plato(n) and similar masculine names
@Oldcat, good point :). In my eagerness I forgot this.
Jan
16
answered Plato(n) and similar masculine names
Jan
16
comment What is the correct usage of the word “milquetoast”?
Ugh, milquetoast is the worst kind of toast.
Jan
16
revised What is the correct usage of the word “milquetoast”?
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Jan
16
revised would I use is or are in the following sentence
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Jan
15
revised Do we ask a waiter if we could have or get?
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Jan
15
revised Use of “Just In Case”
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Jan
14
revised Noun of What a Straight Shooter Gives
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Jan
14
revised When should I use 'sounds like, and when 'sounds as if'?
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Jan
13
revised Why has the word “thrice” fallen out of common usage?
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Jan
6
answered One Step To Backward - Should I Use “To”? Or Avoid it?
Jan
6
revised One Step To Backward - Should I Use “To”? Or Avoid it?
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Jan
6
comment Use “have” or “has” any/anyone/anything in the question?
@JohnLawler good point. It doesn't, however, have any direct relevance to verb agreement.
Jan
6
comment Use “have” or “has” any/anyone/anything in the question?
Questions have the exact same rules for verb agreement as statements. The fact that it's a question has no relevance at all.
Jan
6
revised Use “have” or “has” any/anyone/anything in the question?
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Jan
6
revised Does the word “googling” exist?
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Jan
6
answered Would “aftermath” ever be used to mean “a reaction of crackdown”?
Jan
6
revised Would “aftermath” ever be used to mean “a reaction of crackdown”?
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