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Senior Front End Engineer at Yammer. Creator of the BatchGeo API ( http://batchgeo.com/api ), jKey ( http://github.com/oscargodson/jkey ), and more.

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asked Word for not feeling part of a social or economic class
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comment “What I've” vs “What I”
Yikes. -2. Guess I wont be posting here again...
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asked “What I've” vs “What I”
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comment Are apostrophes actually needed?
I read right through that fine in all honesty :) I might have even read it faster because there were no periods or commas since normally when I come across them I naturally pause.
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comment What are some old-world alternatives or precursors to 'WTF' (expressions of frustration or surprise)?
This might get closed as it's subjective and there is no right answer... but i think It's a good thread :)
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comment Are apostrophes actually needed?
@John Y: This sort of what I was trying to figure out. Should we ban them, make them optional, or keep the same. By optional though I don't mean "whatever goes". I mean it more as you may omit it, but if you decide to use it, it must be used correctly. I don't agree with him that we should ban them and I'm not sure we should even make it even optional. It was more of something to think about and if anyone had any solid reasons for/against. Even so, I'd never agree with anything goes for English rules. You'd end up with broken languages and not just dialects within the same country IMO.
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comment Are apostrophes actually needed?
@John I don't think I understand. Why do we have to support a previous product? We already don't on the web most of the time anyways. Humans obviously can understand sentences without apostrophes. If people started printing books and such without apostrophes nothing would inherently "break", would it? My children would grow up with simply "it's optional". It's like mathematics. 12 is 12.0, but you dont need to write that. It's assumed. Apostrophes would end up being the same. It's assumed, not required, but you could write it.
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comment Are apostrophes actually needed?
The link i provided mentions this and he offers an alternative (which I'm not fond of myself), but offers a z as a replacement. However, another point could be, could we drop it for everything except compound verbs? Just a thought :)
Jun
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comment Are apostrophes actually needed?
Very good points indeed. The site doesn't have great rationale, but had me thinking about it. Now about legacy, this is an interesting one. As a software engineer, if I can make something leaner, faster, and all around better without having to support a previous over-engineered product I'd drop it. Why keep something that doesn't need to be used? Almost like "code hoarding". Maybe I'm looking at it differently than an a linguists. :) But your points are well put.
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accepted What is the section before the commas called at the start of a sentence after words such as “well” or “however”
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comment What is the section before the commas called at the start of a sentence after words such as “well” or “however”
Awesome! Perfect.
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comment What is the section before the commas called at the start of a sentence after words such as “well” or “however”
@Alenanno it made sense in my head, but then after you answered I realized it'll confuse people. To me the comma marks a "section", but I realize a comma can also be seen as just a single character. So I made it more clear
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