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Dec
18
comment Offline Tool for finding identical/similar phrases in a text?
@MonicaCellio Currently you can't add to the list of cliches, since the original dictionary is highly compressed -- for example, when checking for the cliche "lose one's shirt," the various verb forms lose, lost, and losing are all checked, as well as his, her, my and your being substituted for "one's". That's 15 different versions of just this one cliche. But in the next version, I do plan on adding this capability, however the user will have to put in all forms of the cliche manually that they want checked.
May
23
comment Do publishers really need to translate between UK and US English?
Here's a list of differences between American and British English. Some my favorites (many are vulgar slang): fag: Br: cigarette, US: homosexual; fanny: Br: women's genitals, US: buttocks; pissed: Br: drunk, US: angry. I think these differences (and many others) would be confusing to Americans.
Jul
4
comment Should cliffhangers be used in every chapter?
I agree that having too many cliffhangers in a first person story would get tiring and seem contrived. They work best for me in third-person stories where the chapters alternate between characters, so the cliffhanger at the end of one chapter doesn't get resolved until at least two chapters later, which tends to make me want to get through the next chapter (with a different character, whom I may not care as much about) just to see what happens to the first character later on.
May
13
comment Do parentheses inhibit clarity?
+1 for "you should be able to lift out what is inside a set of parentheses and still have a grammatical, understandable sentence left behind."
May
1
comment How should I use phrases such as “uh huh”?
Duh (had to throw that in), I didn't notice his name wasn't Japanese
May
1
comment How should I use phrases such as “uh huh”?
Interesting article, especially considering it comes from a Japanese university professor. Thanks.
May
1
comment How should I use phrases such as “uh huh”?
@SomeNorCalGuy That is, in fact, the question. :)
May
1
comment How should I use phrases such as “uh huh”?
I hadn't thought of huh as indication agreement, only confusion. I like the idea of including the phrase along with the addition of body language. That really clears up any ambiguity. Also agree they shouldn't be overused.
May
1
comment How should I use phrases such as “uh huh”?
Thanks for the edit. As I mentioned in my original post, two people in english.SE thought the question belonged here. As a writer, I am mostly interested in whether they are appropriate for main-line adult fictional writing, or maybe young adult.
Dec
31
comment What's “fair use” for borrowing someone else's invented term?
Ring announcer Michael Buffer has made more than 400 million dollars from trademarking his phrase "Let's get ready to rumble."
May
19
comment Is there any point in learning to write in cursive?
How do you sign things?
Apr
5
comment Do you use a pop-up dictionary/thesaurus on Windows? What are your criteria?
Do you have the "pro" of WordWeb? I have WordWeb Pro 6, and it allows one to not only add new words, but also add new meanings to existing words via the Edit menu.