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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.


Jul
14
comment “Late to the party” vs. “late for the party”
Mmm... not so sure. Your first two examples add verbs "will be" and "arrived" that modify the simple meaning of I am late for the party.
Jul
14
comment What does the phrase “ungodly hour” really mean?
Lol, fair enough.
Jul
13
awarded  Critic
Jul
13
answered What does the phrase “ungodly hour” really mean?
Jul
7
comment What is the origin of the word “Latin”?
@Neil Coffey: Your Latin is a bit rusty, but maybe just a bit. Lingua latina is the correct phase and it means the Latin tongue or the Latin language. Latinus/a/um is the adjectival form of Latium.
Jul
7
comment What is the difference between “illicit” and “illegal”?
Whoa ho! We can get into an ethics conversation, and there certainly is a case to be made that individual use of narcotics causes social harm, but that is pretty far afield, Malvolio, from a board on English language and usage. I think my point was perfectly clear.
Jul
7
comment What is an expression for something you particularly like?
Lol. Except if you want to sound like you're from wherever I'm from. Then "rilly" is the way to go! Lol.
Jul
6
answered What is an expression for something you particularly like?
Jul
6
comment What is an expression for something you particularly like?
Ya. And "soft spot" isn't exactly the same, because you might say you have a soft spot for babies or kittens, but you wouldn't say you have a soft spot for Swedish girls. Soft spot is rather more... sentimental... than most men feel for women ;)
Jul
6
awarded  Commentator
Jul
6
comment What is an expression for something you particularly like?
Especially "I have a thing for" is very commonly used, and might be used of almost anything.
Jul
6
answered What is the difference between “illicit” and “illegal”?
Jul
6
comment What is the difference between “illicit” and “illegal”?
Illicit might be used to highlight the moral quality of the act as opposed to its legal quality. In practical use it also often carries something of a connotation of secrecy that is absent in illegal.
Jul
5
comment What color does ‘pale thing’ have?
Brown eyes are almost necessarily dark. I presume that in the description, "pale eyes," the operative fact is their paleness, rather than a specific color. The color would be either a blue (pales into gray, like mine, like the picture above) or maybe hazel.
Jun
29
answered What's the difference between “ludicrous” and “ridiculous”?
Jun
29
comment What's the difference between “ludicrous” and “ridiculous”?
Is that distinction really true? It strikes me that in your example, the words might be used interchangeably. In fact, even Merriam-Webster doesn't seem to make a clear distinction between them.
Jun
24
answered Please use other door?
Jun
23
comment Is there a term to describe speech that has a hidden meaning but is not sarcastic?
Hmmm... I don't think so. I'm gonna stand fast on this one, JAB. We speak very loosely of "poetic irony," but only in the same way that we speak of "poetic justice." In reality, when we use these phrases, the words poetic, irony, and justice are all being used somewhat loosely or analogously.
Jun
23
comment If Christopher is a “carrier of Christ” then what is Jennifer carrying?
And the v/b misspellings are common. As a non-native speaker, I learned Spanish from 20 years of regular study. I memorized the spellings of words as I learned them. Native speakers who are not well educated very often make these misspellings - not necessarily in very common or easy words, like vivir, though I've seen that, but certainly in difficult words. Sometimes, there is overcorrection as well, i.e., words that ought to be spelled with a b are spelled with a v. Kinda cool, huh?
Jun
23
comment If Christopher is a “carrier of Christ” then what is Jennifer carrying?
Just so. In fact, before the 16th century, it never would have been pronounced as a <b> at all. In a Greek class that I took in grad school, the prof explained how historical pronunciations are reconstructed from times that did not have sound recording. Guess how? The spelling errors! Ingenious, no? Spelling errors don't always, but usually tend to simplify spellings and to write words as they are spoken. Ten bucks says that the common Latin American misspellings surrounding v/b are entirely absent from before the 16th c.