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The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter — it's the difference between a lightning bug and the lightning. — Mark Twain

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Apr
6
comment Self-contained software environment for authoring research papers
"Basic education, not professional writing" is very important. Could you add that to the original question?
Apr
6
comment Self-contained software environment for authoring research papers
Additionally, I don't think it's possible to have "all sources within the system," as in "you don't need to go on the Internet, or even leave your house, to look for anything," unless the "system" is a particular library where everything is digitized and you aren't required or allowed to use any sources outside that one library. The usefulness or feasibility of such a system would really be limited to high school, I would think.
Apr
6
comment Self-contained software environment for authoring research papers
"A static clone of Wikipedia"? (1) wouldn't that require a staggering amount of space to contain all of Wikipedia? (2) why would Wikipedia be considered a legitimate source for a research paper? (3) why static, if it can be updated at any time?
Apr
5
answered How to write a powerful but uncomplicated conference biography?
Apr
5
revised How to write a powerful but uncomplicated conference biography?
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Apr
4
comment Would it be weird if I write “a simple sample something”?
Actually, I think the alliteration is charming, and I would smile to see it in documentation.
Apr
3
revised Which words should not be capitalized in Title Case?
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Apr
3
revised What should be put on scene notecards? (for novel writing)
edited body
Apr
3
revised What should be put on scene notecards? (for novel writing)
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Apr
2
answered Is it overkill to follow style-guides for technical writing?
Apr
2
comment How can one write about illegal deeds without getting into trouble?
Separately, I suggest that if you are writing about someone else committing these illegal deeds with you, get that person's permission before identifying him or her in your book, or construct a pseudonym or otherwise blur your friend's identity. You may not mind volunteering that you smoked a bit of weed, but your friend might object to having the world know.
Apr
1
comment Is there a name for this kind of sentence structure?
But that's just it. You have a bunch of periods in the middle of a sentence where they don't belong, rather than tidily at the end of a clause.
Mar
31
comment Floating vs Float
@Noah: it's not that it means something different; it's just that "they went to fish" is the standard American English idiom. A native speaker simply wouldn't say "they went for fishing." (I can't vouch for other dialects, although I've never heard anyone say "for fishing" in this context.)
Mar
28
comment Is there a name for this kind of sentence structure?
Done and done. That is lovely and hilarious and just sounds awesome. That's a helluva first post, my friend! :)
Mar
28
accepted Is there a name for this kind of sentence structure?
Mar
25
comment Is there a name for this kind of sentence structure?
No, when you're transcribing drawn-out syllables, you fill in the sounds which are drawn out. "AAAAnnnnndddddd the award goes toooooooooo..." Not the same idea at all.
Mar
23
comment Is there a name for this kind of sentence structure?
@justkt: yeah, I thought about that, but I don't think this is about "the use of words." It's a writing technique, albeit a small one.
Mar
23
asked Is there a name for this kind of sentence structure?
Mar
22
comment Story for children without a happy ending
"The Giving Tree" is a HORRIBLE story. The ending is just the fecal cherry on the vomit icing on a turd of a tale.
Mar
22
comment What printing methods and quality can I expect of POD companies?
@NeilFein: I stand corrected; so they are. As it originally stood, it was really a graphic design question, to my eyes, but the edited version works.