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I'm a technical writer at MicroStrategy in Vienna, VA.

I like running 5k, 8k, 10k, and marathons; watching movies; and reading philosophy or novels. My favorite activity, though, is hiking/backpacking/camping in wild areas and faraway lands ranging from Cambodia to my own backyard. And bringing my camera along is likely to make anything into pure joy.


Dec
4
answered Opposite of “blaming people”
Dec
4
answered Is “free education to all” correct?
Dec
4
answered Does 'turn off (a person)' always have a sexual connotation?
Dec
4
revised Plural of “Animus/Anima”
Identified the wrong word as anglicized by accident.
Nov
29
comment Plural of “Animus/Anima”
OED. Good call. Without the OED mine makes sense, but as usual, I yield to the scholarly gentlemen from the Mother Country.
Nov
29
answered Plural of “Animus/Anima”
Nov
29
comment Is “Prewin” a well-received English word?
Well, the hyphen us used to make a compound modifier in cases where it would otherwise be unclear which modifier is modifying which. This is especially important when nouns are being used as modifiers, in technical settings, settings where clarity is critical or where idiomatic understanding cannot be relied upon. "Well-" is an example of this form.
Nov
29
comment Is “Prewin” a well-received English word?
The reason why "prewin" doesn't work orthographically, Oishi-san, is because it would be pronounced aloud with both syllables stressed, but in writing it as it is, we wouldn't expect both syllables to be stressed. If someone didn't know what Dowd meant, they would mispronounce it, probably. It should be hyphenated if it must be used at all.
Nov
29
comment Is “Prewin” a well-received English word?
Hmm... Maybe. But "pre-" is a pretty common prefix and is a part of lots of compounds.
Nov
28
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Nov
28
comment Is “Prewin” a well-received English word?
@ColinFine, I edited my response to limit myself to the question itself, and set aside my knee jerk reaction to the creator of the word.
Nov
28
revised Is “Prewin” a well-received English word?
Edited to limit answer to question itself.
Nov
28
comment Is “Prewin” a well-received English word?
I never mention Ms. Dowd's character, or even say anything that could be construed to reflect upon her character. "Prewin" is an ugly compound and fails the basic test of immediately recognizable pronunciation.
Nov
28
answered Is “Prewin” a well-received English word?
Nov
6
comment Word for “reading carefully”
Just so. It is also used incorrectly to mean browse. The correct meaning of peruse is the opposite of skim, but people have used it to mean skim by sort transposition of meaning. People hear it being used for reading, and without being attentive to the kind of reading, use it again for a different, indeed opposite, kind of reading.
Sep
22
comment Is it rude to say “how did you end up here”?
@J.R., I may have been overly sensitive - I can see your reading too. You're right about the lower case. It's sooo hard to tell online, isn't it?
Sep
21
comment Is it rude to say “how did you end up here”?
@J.R. presumably NewProger is taking English classes because he or she is school-aged or a non-native speaker. Take it easy.
Sep
21
comment Why is the historical present tense used so often by sports broadcasters?
I should expect you've seen the historical present since you were a child. Dickens' characters - especially his working class and poorer characters - use it as a mainstay of their speech. If this is a sign of the erosion of the conditional, then the conditional has been eroding for some time now.
Sep
11
comment Why is the historical present tense used so often by sports broadcasters?
I beg to differ. The pattern doesn't occur only in rushed vernacular but also in prepared speeches and certainly in writing. It is simple and direct, and that is what causes it to have more psychological impact. It grips the listener or reader. If the thing is appropriate, I do not see how it can be said to be an erosion.
Sep
11
answered Why is the historical present tense used so often by sports broadcasters?