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Autodidact of various trades, geek of several.                                        #13 in SO/SG


Jul
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comment Is it correct to use “punctuation outside of the quotations”, or “inside?”
@MichaelKjörling, Yes, so it has nothing to do with being logical/illogical; it's simply clearer and less ambiguous.
Jul
8
revised Meaning of 'cf.'
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Jul
8
comment Correct usage of “viz.”?
@Jim, But "specifically" cannot replace all cases. So it's not really a good comparison imo.
Jul
8
comment Differences between e.g., viz. and i.e.
@mplungjan, So how does scilicet fit in? Is it identical to viz.?
Jul
8
comment Differences between e.g., viz. and i.e.
Also see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viz.
Jul
8
comment Differences between e.g., viz. and i.e.
@Lynn, In your answer, you haven't stated what exactly is the difference between i.e. and viz. What's the difference between "he likes some fruits, viz, apples and oranges" and "he likes some fruits, i.e., apples and oranges"?
Jul
8
comment Correct usage of “viz.”?
@FumbleFingers, Agree with the first point. However, for the second point, how would you concisely convey the info that his family only includes his parents and two sisters?
Jul
8
comment What is the English equivalent to the Japanese word 学者バカ, “Scholar’s fool”?
@Hellion, But no matter how you use it, "savant" has an infixed connotation of "mental disability".
Jul
8
awarded  Excavator
Jul
8
comment What does “Barack Obama, circa 2008, may have just clinched the Republican nomination for President in 2012” mean?
@mgb, But why is circa used here? It is in fact of 2008 and not around 2008 isn't it?
Jul
8
revised “circa” vs “around”
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Jul
8
comment “circa” vs “around”
@JohnLawler, Wow I didn't know we have a noun form for cromulent.
Jul
8
comment How popular is the word “cromulent”? If I use this word in conversation with native speakers, doesn’t it look out of place?
@YoichiOishi, trivia: Is "reject to accept" correct usage as an alternative to "refuse to accept"?
Jul
8
comment How popular is the word “cromulent”? If I use this word in conversation with native speakers, doesn’t it look out of place?
+1 for "meaning changes with time".
Jul
8
comment How popular is the word “cromulent”? If I use this word in conversation with native speakers, doesn’t it look out of place?
@Mitch, What do you mean by a made-up word, and how does it differ from a non-made-up word?
Jul
8
comment Correct use of “circa”
There is a difference between "92-94" vs "ca 92-94". The first one says that the number is within 92-94, whereas the second one says that the number may be outside of 92-94, but close, e.g. 91.7.
Jul
8
comment Et cetera vs Et al
@Andy, Per your answer, why do we need "et al" at all? Why not simply use "etc" for everything? What's the value of using "et al" in place of "etc"?
Jul
8
comment Et cetera vs Et al
Why do you say that the first sentence is incorrect usage? Whether "etc" is interpreted as ambiguous or unambiguous depends on the context isn't it? We could argue that the second sentence is equally ambiguous to someone without knowledge of alcohol.
Jul
8
comment How is “cf.” to be pronounced?
In fact, this may be more "correct".
Jul
8
comment “An alternative mean” or “An alternative means”?
Do you mean that "mean" cannot be used to mean "means"? E.g. would "I have a mean to do it." be grammatically wrong?