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I am a postdoc in philosophy.

I contribute to a blog for philosophers who use LaTeX. If you fall in to that niche, check it out: PhilTeX. (The blog will be of use to all kind of humanities scholars using LaTeX, I imagine, but it was started by, and is run by philosophers...) The blog is currently defunct, but may be resurrected soon.

I made this beamer colour change package that slowly changes the colour of structure elements of beamer presentations. Feedback welcome. I also made this moreenum package which adds new enumeration options. The TeX goodies page of my website includes some other bits and bobs I've done.


Nov
30
answered What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
Nov
30
comment What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
I'm going to start calling it the Su-PER-bol-EE
Nov
28
comment What are some examples of awkward sounding but grammatically correct sentences?
@Midhat Well, when I wrote that snarky comment this site was in beta...
Nov
2
comment “Successfull”/“successful” — is this a UK/US difference?
There seems to be a trend of "Is X/Y a British English/American English difference?" questions where X is a word, and Y is a typo.
Nov
2
comment How to indicate possession by e.g. passers-by, mothers-in-law
My favourite internal pluralisations: Advocates General and Procurators Fiscal.
Oct
29
accepted Descriptivism and widespread misspelling
Oct
29
asked Words with roots from different languages
Oct
15
comment Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus “their”)?
Pedant alert: Am I right in thinking that the gender neutral pronoun would be "it". What the questioner is after is a pronoun for "indeterminate gender"
Oct
15
comment Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus “their”)?
"Questions should be kept to the end" avoids the indeterminate pronoun problem. I think this sort of solution is often less awkward than the "singular they" construction.
Oct
14
comment -phile word for someone who loves frogs
I really want to know some context for this question. Why would you ever need a word for someone who loves frogs?
Oct
13
comment Is “not eating or drinking” equal to “not eating or not drinking”?
not (X or Y) = (not X) and (not Y). But without the ability to use parentheses to point how a sentence should be parsed, the "neither" solution is superior.
Oct
13
comment XXIII, neither IIIXX nor XIIIX, represents 23. Is it correct grammar?
The problem is that it's not clear in "not X or Y" whether the "not" distributes over the disjunction. "neither" makes it clear that it does. Equally unambiguous would be "not X and not Y" (although I guess one could interpret this as "not (X and not Y)" but that would be a rather awkward construction
Oct
11
comment Is it acceptable to use “google” as a verb?
Should "Google" be capitalised or not? My spellchecker thinks it should, but I disagree...
Oct
10
comment Independance or Independence?
You're fighting a losing battle. I refer you to this: english.stackexchange.com/questions/3723/…
Oct
8
comment “That” or “which”? Does it matter?
The title of this question, at least, suggests that this question is not about proper usage, but about if getting it wrong ever actually matters which I don't think it does. This would make it not a dupe.
Oct
7
comment Whose usage determines correctness?
Also, regarding the "in-group usage" being jargony, I don't think that's relevant in the case I brought up. It's still a very good point against in-group usage, though.
Oct
7
accepted Whose usage determines correctness?
Oct
7
comment Whose usage determines correctness?
This is a good point, although it seems that most of these documents are press releases, and not actually the output of the institutions themselves. Still, I am surprised that the press office seems to use both adjectives more or less at random...
Oct
7
accepted How to refer to “mainland Europe”
Oct
6
comment Descriptivism and widespread misspelling
@cindi I think, depressingly, "thru", "ur", "thier", "teh" will soon be candidates...