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Got a degree in language & literature a long time ago, but I don't read much fiction/creative writing these days.


Sep
9
answered How can this technical message be made clearer?
Jul
19
comment Referring to oneself in first vs. third person in online profiles
@pavium: I've no opinion on the authorship of Mr Desai's profile as linked by OP. Since it could reasonably have been written by "a loyal and adoring minion", it's not inherently silly for it to be in the third person, even if in fact Mr Desai wrote it himself. I only said what I did in relation to ELU profiles, since it's unreasonable to suppose they could be written by anyone other than the member himself.
Jul
19
answered Referring to oneself in first vs. third person in online profiles
Jun
7
comment Right usage of “P.S.” in Emails
@Alenanno: Having trawled over some more writers.se questions for the first time in months, I see they do actually cover things like this, so I'm retreating somewhat from my earlier position. But EL&U has often overlapped in the general area - witness that outrageous viral question about nested [sic]'s - and originally I hadn't realised writers.se went much further than helping out budding authors.
Jun
7
awarded  Commentator
Jun
7
comment Right usage of “P.S.” in Emails
@Rory Alsop: Haha glad I didn't work with you then. Maybe I'm anal, but I'd rather have the bit about the beer on a separate email. Or a call would have been better. Besides, what if I wanted to forward the work stuff to others? No thanks.
Jun
7
comment Right usage of “P.S.” in Emails
@WAF: All sounds like pretty subtle nuancing for an email. We're not talking carefully-crafted prose here.
Jun
7
comment Right usage of “P.S.” in Emails
@Alenanno: I don't suppose you'll be persuaded, and there are already 4 votes to close, so you're obviously not alone. I still think it's about usage of the English language, not a style question as I understand writers.se
Jun
6
comment Right usage of “P.S.” in Emails
I don't get the votes to close. P.S. is a linguistic element, and email is a linguistic medium. The proper usage is a reasonable thing to ask about, even if it's not easy to arrive at a concensus.
Jun
6
comment Right usage of “P.S.” in Emails
@Hugo: Footnotes are quite common in the kind of 'pop science' books I often read, but to be honest I don't really like them that much. I'm never sure when to break off from the main thread, so sometimes I never actually read them at all. Similar to the disjointed style in New Scientist (Time may be more familiar if you're US), but at least in those the 'supplementary' text/diagrams are big enough to draw you in when you reach the end of a paragraph in the main article.
Jun
6
comment Right usage of “P.S.” in Emails
I know it's only an example, but if I got an email from someone I didn't know well enough to already know what their new job was going to be, that particular P.S. wouldn't seem trivial or tangential to me. I'd assume [s]he was sounding me out to work on making up the clothes [s]he was going to be designing! :-)
Jun
6
comment Right usage of “P.S.” in Emails
Well I did specifically say never really 'appropriate' rather than just never appropriate, and I think you've identified some aspects of 'excusable' exceptions. I don't do work emails much these days, but I always preferred a second email to receiving one email with an unrelated addendum. I really do think it's often just lack of consideration for people who might want/need to deal with things in an orderly and efficient manner.
Jun
6
answered Right usage of “P.S.” in Emails
Apr
4
comment Feedback on sign-up email announcement
@Craig Sefton: Well you can certainly take credit for having recognised a good turn of phrase, and for having done your bit to help it become more widely recognised. Which I guess means I get a bit of kudos myself simply for recognising your earlier (if not actually pioneering) contribution lol.
Apr
4
awarded  Supporter
Apr
4
comment Feedback on sign-up email announcement
+1 for the marvelous definition of 'perfect' in the context of web-based verbiage - not nothing left to add, but nothing left to take away. Sound advice, snappy maxim.
Apr
2
comment “…and the fire from the stove engulfed him” or “jumped on him” or “covered him” or “devoured him” or what?
@brilliant: Well thank you for that acknowledgement. I'm afraid I'm pretty much of a noob to english.se myself so I don't know whether or how one can avoid such slip-ups. You'll be ok because you'll know to explain more exactly what kind of answer you want, and why. But other students of English will probably get wrongly moved in future. Incidentally, am I right in suspecting you asked what you did because there's a 'standard' expression in Taiwanese?
Apr
1
comment “…and the fire from the stove engulfed him” or “jumped on him” or “covered him” or “devoured him” or what?
OP doesn't actually say he's looking for a wonderfully evocative term for use in his hopefully deathless prose, which would make it a candidate for writers.se. He may just want to know what word (cliche?) most people would use in common speech, which I think properly belongs at english.se
Mar
28
awarded  Teacher
Mar
28
answered “…and the fire from the stove engulfed him” or “jumped on him” or “covered him” or “devoured him” or what?