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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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Jun
19
comment Creative writing use and abuse
@Tannalein Yes, SF is correct. The rule about not splitting infinitives was a prescriptivist rule left over from Latin, where it's physically impossible to split an infinitive because it's one word. English uses two words (to VERB rather than VERBare), so something can physically go between them. Personally I lean towards not splitting when I can, but sometimes it just sounds better with the intervening words. The Powers That Be in re English were finally convinced of the same thing, in part by "to boldly go."
Jun
18
comment Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
@PaulA.Clayton "Know your audience." Exactly. When I was working at a firm of 40+ people who all knew me, I could set up a business card template with James T. Kirk as the generic person, because everyone knew not to print that. But I couldn't send that out to the client. (On the other hand, we did have someone come in to do a software demo, and the pre-made presentation used a photo of Harry and Tom from Star Trek: Voyager. The presenter didn't know who the characters were, so I had to explain my hysterical giggles to him.)
Jun
18
comment Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
@PaulA.Clayton That was a good edit, by the way; thank you. :)
Jun
18
comment Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
mysite.com is good too!
Jun
18
revised What's the significance of ancient mythology in literature?
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Jun
18
answered Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
Jun
18
comment What's the significance of ancient mythology in literature?
Use "New Age." Native English speakers will know exactly what that means. "Exotericism" is the opposite of "esoteric," but it's not what you mean.
Jun
18
comment What's the significance of ancient mythology in literature?
I think we're talking past each other. "Esoteric" means "bizarre, out there, uncommon, not well-known." Jut because one is "using of various ways of thinking in a mix" does not mean any of those various ways are uncommon. So I still don't understand what you mean by "esotericism" in this context.
Jun
18
comment Writing a newspaper article summary
@NeilFein OP mentioned literary analysis from his/her experience; I contrasted the literary analysis I have seen. In any case, I'm thinking that cultural and industry differences may mean that the OP should probably go back to the person who gave the assignment and ask.
Jun
18
comment What's the significance of ancient mythology in literature?
What is "esotericism"? I've never heard the term. I know what "esoteric" means, and I can't connect it to your word.
Jun
18
revised What's the significance of ancient mythology in literature?
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Jun
17
comment Writing a newspaper article summary
Oh, I see. That may be a function of your country's schooling; in American literary criticism, it's legitimate to talk about the writer (the writer's intent, the symbolism the writer used, the writer's history) as well as the characters and the plot of the story within the same analysis. Same goes for movie and TV critiques.
Jun
17
comment Writing a newspaper article summary
Your English is fine. :) What is the difference, to you, between focusing on the article and focusing on the story? I don't see how they aren't the same thing.
Jun
16
comment Creative writing use and abuse
@NeilFein I agree — look at "to boldly go." There's a poetry in that split infinitive which can't be achieved if you stick with strict, prescriptive English grammar rules. (However, I still can't decide if your typo is a deliberate wink.)
Jun
15
revised Creative writing use and abuse
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Jun
14
answered In end user documentation, should screenshots come before or after the text that references them?
Jun
14
comment Techniques to write for a wider audience
No, but I am a massive geek in other fandoms, and I appreciate high-quality geekery when I see it. :)
Jun
14
comment Techniques to write for a wider audience
I wish I could give this 10 upvotes for the Equestria link alone. Even aside from that, solid answer.
Jun
13
comment Dream analysis research
@micapam Actually, 192.168.0.1 is a perfect example of what not to use as a generic. Anyone with more than the barest lay knowledge of computers will know what that is, that has a specific meaning and a specific usage, and using it incorrectly in context would cause a big problem for the characters. There are no U.S. phone numbers or IPs which (yet) start with 555, so those are obvious placeholders. It's like saying a character lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Any U.S. child above 5th grade knows that's the White House, not "generic placeholder address."
Jun
13
reviewed Approve Can a title be copyrighted?