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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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Mar
17
awarded  Pundit
Mar
17
answered Petty Character
Mar
17
comment Petty Character
No, no, no. House is not petty. He can do petty things (don't we all) but he is not petty on the whole. He does petty things to harass, annoy, and tease people. He does that because he's a Magnificent Bastard, and smarter than everyone else in the room. He believes that conflict makes his team better doctors, and that people are too easily complacent about their thinking and being annoying and obstructive wakes them up. None of that is petty.
Mar
14
revised Deaf speechmarks?
deleted 113 characters in body
Mar
13
comment Is the order of appendices according to their references fixed?
Unless you put them in the front of the book, or scattered them randomly throughout, I don't think there's really a "ridiculous order" for appendices.
Mar
13
answered Is the order of appendices according to their references fixed?
Mar
13
comment How do I use my blog as a platform for practice and improvement?
Sorry about the wounds, but in the very same sentence that you proclaimed you wanted crisp, powerful writing like Hitch's, you used a truly obnoxious cliché. I kinda had to ding you on that. :) (Of course, Standback edited it out, so now my answer looks odd.)
Mar
13
answered Deaf speechmarks?
Mar
13
answered How do I use my blog as a platform for practice and improvement?
Mar
12
comment How can a new writer make a realistic estimate of his work rate?
I second doing a representative sample of the work and timing yourself to get an estimate. I do this with every new editing client.
Mar
10
revised Problems with constructing a complex sentence with many ideas in it
added 7 characters in body
Mar
9
comment Problems with constructing a complex sentence with many ideas in it
I had an excellent English professor point out the back and forth/take and bring problem to me. It was in passing, he wasn't even my teacher at the time, and it was one of the most useful tidbits of writing advice I ever got.
Mar
9
answered What tense to use in an academic paper when speaking about correspondence?
Mar
9
revised Problems with constructing a complex sentence with many ideas in it
edited body
Mar
9
answered Problems with constructing a complex sentence with many ideas in it
Mar
8
comment Does there have to be a difference when writing different genders?
Possibly of use: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/4325/…
Mar
8
comment “The company from Redmond” vs “The Redmond company.”
I prefer "the company from Redmond" as well. As Sean notes above, it is the company from Redmond, and this also eliminates even the least confusion that you somehow might be talking about some other company which happens to be named "Redmond."
Mar
8
awarded  Electorate
Mar
7
comment Books to improve writing skills
Skydiving, for example. Chainsaw juggling.
Mar
7
revised MLA formatting for multiple in-text citations of the same soure
edited title