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I have a degree in Linguistics, but I work as a programmer. Most of my expertise about English is self-taught, plus lots of random trivia I've acquired here and there.

This is my favorite EL&U comment ever:

This isn't really a question about English so much as a question about hugs. Source


Apr
5
answered The value of labeling book sections
Mar
31
answered Must one have a book cover designed before to publisher?
Mar
29
comment Is it acceptable practice to use contractions in a fictional first person narrative for children?
@LaurenIpsum, in spoken language children learn to say the contracted don't before they say do not. I was never aware of this convention with early reader books, but I suspect that it's in place more to avoid having to teach the apostrophe at that young age.
Mar
27
comment Is it acceptable practice to use contractions in a fictional first person narrative for children?
I'm curious: what made you think you shouldn't use contractions? The only writing styles which don't use contractions are extremely formal styles such as academic non-fiction. All fiction writing uses contractions extensively.
Feb
28
awarded  Popular Question
Feb
13
comment Is it true that men (in general) can't write female first-person?
I've written first-person stories with female narrators. A pregnant female narrator to boot. It's not that hard.
Jan
31
comment My Ex husband's wife self published a non fiction book naming my kids in the story
IANAL, but unless the work is actually slanderous, there's no legal recourse against somebody else using your children's names.
Jan
20
comment How to tell a story with the least amount of writing?
@Aerovistae, the phrase le mot juste has been borrowed into English. It doesn't necessarily indicate bilingualism. (Though Lauren would have to tell you if she actually is bilingual.)
Jan
20
comment How to tell a story with the least amount of writing?
I hate to be an ass, but if you don't like writing, maybe you shouldn't try to be a writer.
Jan
20
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
19
answered Is it worth reading book to learn more about topic of my story
Jan
13
awarded  Custodian
Jan
13
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Are the web audience who love microblogging and the book audience who love long stories different?
Jan
9
comment Punctuation-Quote or Quote-Punctuation?
@SF. And rightly so. I hope you weren't offering this as a reason to keep the question open.
Dec
19
comment Can I self-publish, and how much would it cost?
Borders and the other big box booksellers are generally unwilling to take indie press or self-published books, and there's basically nothing that you can do about it. There is no self-publishing service that can really get you into those stores, and any service claiming otherwise is probably a scam.
Dec
16
comment Is it a bad writing practice to start sentences with a verb?
@Mussri, correcting "sentences" to "phrases" makes your statement less accurate, not more, unless you're using "phrase" in a non-standard way. There are noun phrases (which begin with a noun), but also verb phrases (which begin with a verb) and prepositional phrases (which begin with a preposition), and many other types to boot. Your clarification that English is SVO is correct, but that leaves out a lot of things, especially the fact that the S does not have to be a noun.
Dec
14
answered Is it a bad writing practice to start sentences with a verb?
Dec
11
answered Converting Word pages to book pages, for novels?
Nov
19
comment What does active voice mean?
@Satanicpuppy I really wish we could put to death the notion that the passive voice is "wishy-washy" or "weak". Sometimes the passive voice is exactly what you need, and generations of newbie writers have been led astray by the false idea that you should avoid the passive for some reason.
Nov
19
awarded  Yearling