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Josh: Have you tried yelling them at the Internet?
Joel: Almost exclusively! And yet problems still persist!

-"The Grand Opining", HijiNKS ENSUE, by Joel Watson


"On two occasions I have been asked, 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' ... I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question."

-Charles Babbage


Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.

-Douglas Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid


Aug
6
comment Are actors taught to roll their “r”'s?
An interesting question, but ultimately about acting, not English usage. Voting to close.
Aug
6
asked How much punctuation is appropriate when ending a sentence with a full-sentence quotation?
Aug
6
comment Should I use a semicolon or a dash to connect two closely related sentences?
@Jared, that grief I referred to was suffered when I was a copy editor, so I know exactly what you mean.
Aug
6
comment When should “into” be used rather than “in to,” and vice versa?
+1 for the "in order" trick
Aug
6
comment Should I use a semicolon or a dash to connect two closely related sentences?
+1 just for mentioning en and em; correcting others' dashes used to be a not insignificant source of grief for me.
Aug
6
answered When to use “that” and when to use “which”?
Aug
6
awarded  Critic
Aug
6
answered When is it appropriate to end a sentence in a preposition?
Aug
6
awarded  Supporter
Aug
6
awarded  Student
Aug
6
comment What is the proper plural of the word “freshman”?
@moioci: this is entirely a matter of personal preference, but I think "freshpersons" sounds weird. I prefer "first-years." There's a bit more of a risk of sounding pretentious, but that hasn't been a big problem for me.
Aug
5
comment Are “betwixt”, “trebble”, etc., acceptable in American English?
I've lived in the US all my life, and never heard of "trebble." I've rarely if ever heard of "treble" used in the non-musical sense.
Aug
5
asked How does the phrase “used to” work, grammatically?
Aug
5
asked When should “into” be used rather than “in to,” and vice versa?
Aug
5
awarded  Autobiographer