Rid Of John Paul...finally
Now that the recently-senile and always-bungling old pope is at last gone, perhaps...
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The Decline And Fall Of The American Empire...
Recently, we've had a discussion on the "rank" of various countries, in particular...
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Non-phonetic English Spelling
English spelling is much less phonetic than other European languages such as Italian...
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New Page On The AUE Site: Pronunciation...
There's a new page on the alt-usage-english site, showing the pronunciation of some...
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Need Evaluation Of A Usage Point
"Times the number by a thousand." Is this construction: (1) Rural/regional? (2) Childish...
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Teenagers
I wonder if other languages than English have the word "teenager" and the associated...
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BBC In Monochrome
From the BBC's web site today 'Liberal black Congressman Charles Rangel said of...
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SundayMorningFun
Here's a fun test. The BBC has a "Spot the fake smile" test. 20 pictures of people...
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Lexicographic Capitalization
I've noticed that there are considerable differences in capitalization of proprietary...
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Should I Use The British Or American Spelling...
If I am writing an article about paper money, to a world-wide readership, including...
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Interesting Article From The AUE's First...
"The centre/center question is a good example of why this is difficult. "Center"...
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For My Wife And I
Still musing about this pronoun question, I ran some searches with some surprising...
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"Yours Truly"
Having written many business letters I know that to convey a somewhat unfriendly...
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Eats, Shoots & Leaves
I've just come across the above-named volume by Lynne Truss: ISBN 1 86197 6127 It...
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"Finite" For "greater Than Zero"
I was just thinking about this the other day, and since a good example drifted by...
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Salad?
Diane Mott Davidson I don't know why I torture myself by reading this lady's books...
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New Spelling
Saw this interesting spelling on the website of a young black person: "Dis part...
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Sidney As A Female Name
I've just been reading "A suitable vengeance" by Elizabeth George, and have found...
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Guide For German Writers Of English
Greetings. I work in a German research centre, and as one of only two native English...
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"Proper English" --> Converting Numerical...
I am working on a "simple" computer program to convert numbers to long form english...
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