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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
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.
Sep
23
answered Is it okay to call the reader's target audience stupid?
Sep
21
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Sep
21
comment What is “head popping” and why is it bad?
Yeah, I usually call it "changing POV."
Sep
19
comment Avoiding unintended rudeness or accusatory tones in reminder emails
(1) It isn't "remainder" (something which is left over, or remains), it's "reminder" (bringing something to your attention out of your memory, re-minding) (2) I'd use "Newsletter article" and leave the status question for the body of the email. Don't tell him you're being gentle. That comes off as condescending or rude.
Sep
19
comment How can I search for words by meaning/definition?
I do see your point. I did expand on that answer in a comment above ("It would be a staggering undertaking") but I stand by my assertion that this does answer his question.
Sep
19
answered Avoiding unintended rudeness or accusatory tones in reminder emails
Sep
19
revised Avoiding unintended rudeness or accusatory tones in reminder emails
deleted 1 characters in body; edited title
Sep
19
answered What is “head popping” and why is it bad?
Sep
19
comment What is “head popping” and why is it bad?
Oh thank GOD this is a question about narrative perspective and not pimples.
Sep
18
comment When to use the em dash (—) in fiction writing?
@JohnSmithers well, y'all go nuts with capital letters and stringing together random nouns, so being comma-happy is not a surprise. :)
Sep
18
comment How can I search for words by meaning/definition?
@ShantnuTiwari On the contrary, it IS an answer. Some concepts can be expressed in one word in Language A (Arabic, in this instance) but need a whole phrase in Language B (English). In Italian, you have the verb "dovere," and the closest English translation is "to must" (you must do something, you need to do something). I was explaining, since English is not the asker's first language, that this is one of those situations: the asker wants one word for a concept, and the concept may not exist as one word in English.
Sep
17
comment When to use the em dash (—) in fiction writing?
and, you know, commas, if overused, can, well, be exhausting, nu?
Sep
17
comment When to use the em dash (—) in fiction writing?
I made your M-dashes pretty so they're easier to see. :)