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seen Aug 18 '13 at 22:57

Apr
15
answered When to use “to the …” vs. “to …”
Apr
14
revised A confusing set of verbs
edited for clarity
Apr
14
answered A confusing set of verbs
Apr
14
comment What's the correct usage of “tell” here?
Who can know for sure? Only time will tell. ;-D
Apr
14
answered Can a person be described as being “ill read”?
Apr
14
revised What does the phrase “in a cautionary tale of…gravitational pull” mean?
added 16 characters in body
Apr
14
answered What does the phrase “in a cautionary tale of…gravitational pull” mean?
Apr
13
comment Why do I so often want to replace “happen” in sentences?
I have the same reaction; it just doesn't sound right. "Things happen for a reason" or "why did that happen" is fine, though. Maybe because "happen" seems to associate well with an indefinite thing, but not a particular one?
Apr
13
answered Is there any difference in meaning between “faith” and “blind faith”?
Apr
13
revised “Would” with a present meaning—is this correct?
deleted 16 characters in body
Apr
13
answered “Would” with a present meaning—is this correct?
Apr
13
comment What's the correct usage of “tell” here?
How about "I will not tell" or "a story should show, not tell"?
Apr
13
answered What's the correct usage of “tell” here?
Apr
13
answered What part of speech is “turn” in the phrase “it's my turn”? What's its origin?
Apr
13
comment Why do they say “love fifteen,” in tennis?
I'm American. And taking a big chance here with "quirky" when I probably should use "freedom-hating." Will there be a strange click on the line the next time I call a friend? Oh well; worth it.
Apr
12
answered Pronunciation of the English alphabet
Apr
12
revised How can I interpret the meaning of “narrative” in different situations?
Swapped "dissemble" for "deconstruct"; deleted 10 characters in body
Apr
12
comment How can I interpret the meaning of “narrative” in different situations?
I meant it in the former sense, which appears to be altogether wrong. I was thinking of "deconstruct" at the same time; for a reason I don't recall, I wanted to avoid that term. Thanks; I'll fix that.
Apr
12
awarded  Commentator
Apr
12
comment What is a good synonym for “attribute”?
A friend of mine and I attended an Amway sales pitch once. We were young and bored and had no idea. But during the presentation they passed around some products, including a protein bar. My friend held it and proclaimed, "Whoa, density factor." Since then I have always loved that word and looked for ways to use it. He also had a queer way of using "feature." He's in financial analytics these days, which may help explain how he uses words. I do enjoy it when he pops one like that.