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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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Oct
13
comment Word Choice: When something negative happens that changes your perspective for the better
"Harm hiding good" is "Every cloud has a silver lining." There's also a somewhat relevant dirty joke with the punchline "...there's gotta be a pony in here somewhere!" but it's a little off-topic.
Oct
12
answered Word Choice: When something negative happens that changes your perspective for the better
Oct
10
comment Deciding the setting: real or invented?
I want to +10 this answer. Brilliant.
Oct
9
answered Deciding the setting: real or invented?
Oct
9
comment As a freelance writer, should I charge more for inconvenient time worked?
Knowing the TV industry only as an audience member, I can see why writing through the night might not be considered "hazard pay," because weekly shows (and daily soaps, for that matter) work on such a tight shooting schedule. So while I can see both sides of the question, I have no experience in the industry to know what standing billing practices are.
Oct
9
comment Writing subjectively or objectively? (IELTS writing)
IELTS is International English Testing System. TOEFL is Test Of English as a Foreign Language. (I knew the second; never heard of the first.)
Oct
9
revised How can I freelance remotely for overseas advertising agencies as a writer?
edited title
Oct
8
comment As a freelance writer, should I charge more for inconvenient time worked?
An excellent question, and one very dependent on the industry.
Oct
8
answered How much $ to calculate for an Editor
Oct
8
comment How much $ to calculate for an Editor
@Christian A page count or word count will give you a better idea. I've never heard of an editor who works by characters.
Oct
7
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is the first draft of a novel usually shorter than the finished work?
Oct
5
answered Is the first draft of a novel usually shorter than the finished work?
Oct
5
answered How to represent dependencies in outlines
Oct
5
revised Converting the MIT License into a limerick
edited tags; edited title
Sep
29
answered Email to request copy of paper
Sep
28
comment Email to request copy of paper
If he's going to be paid for it because it will appear in a publication, he may not want to release a draft copy to some random person who asks for it, for free. I don't know the rules of academic publication so I can't tell you how to determine that other than asking. Also, is your research going to contradict his? Complement it? Compete with it?
Sep
28
comment Email to request copy of paper
Could you provide some context? Are you a student of this person? How did you get an incomplete copy of a paper, and when would a complete one appear? Where would it appear? What are you going to use it for? Is the author getting paid for the publication of the paper?
Sep
24
comment Is it okay to call the reader's target audience stupid?
That's a very good way to put it. We were all novices at some point.
Sep
24
comment Is it okay to call the reader's target audience stupid?
That is a PERFECT example. We had to replace our car stereo five years ago. The model we chose worked fine in the store when well-lit and displayed at eye level, but when we installed it, we realized that it was too far away to read and the buttons were barely marked. It's impossible to see when driving. I still haven't set the clock and I'm never sure how to advance to another station; I just mash buttons until something happens. My husband and I are not idiots. The stereo interface is badly designed. (I do admit we were foolish for choosing that particular stereo.)
Sep
23
comment Is it okay to call the reader's target audience stupid?
@Phoshi: Even if your comment is 100% true, it's still "not okay" to say it in a technical book, which is the question. Just because it's right doesn't mean it's not also rude.