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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


Mar
27
comment Are there any syllable-counting applications for poety writing?
I don't think that any such software exists. Additionally, I'm not sure what purpose it would serve: if you aren't fluent enough in English to know how many syllables are in a word (and therefore in a line, etc.), then you're going to have a pretty big problem writing poetry of any kind.
Mar
9
comment Problems with constructing a complex sentence with many ideas in it
This question is better suited for Writers.se than for English.se.
Feb
7
comment Would a paid-for review from Kirkus give me real insight into quality of my manuscript?
Aside from the options mentioned below, I have to plug the Online Writing Workshop as the best critique group I've ever seen.
Jan
17
comment How to summarize prolonged plot
Related to @KateSherwood's comment, if the main selling point of your book is it's humor, then the main selling point of your query had better be humor. You're never going to convince your agent that your novel is funny if your query is a wet sack.
Jan
17
answered How does one present spoken dialogue as a secondary language to signed speech?
Dec
13
asked Front-matter or back-matter?
Dec
8
revised Using “the reader” or “the readers”
Made title more explicit, reformatted somewhat
Dec
8
comment How to discover clichés
I have to downvote this. TVTropes is good for many things, but (a) a trope is not a cliche, and (b) TvTropes is too big and disorganized to be much use for something like this.
Dec
6
answered emacs for creative writing
Dec
5
comment emacs for creative writing
I have an excellent Vim setup, most of which I wrote myself, but I can't help you with emacs.
Nov
19
awarded  Yearling
Nov
14
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
14
awarded  Enlightened
Nov
12
revised How much should I reveal about my book idea to a publishing house representative?
added note about how much to reveal
Nov
12
comment How do I rewrite the following for a resume?
If you're writing a resume for a programming position, the fact that you implemented an NFS server and client is way more interesting than the fact that you wrote a report.
Nov
12
answered How much should I reveal about my book idea to a publishing house representative?
Nov
9
comment Unpunctuation: bug or feature?
The em-dash thing is standard in several European languages. Was the book translated? Or was she deliberately aping that style?
Nov
3
comment How can I effectively invent a language?
This would be off-topic at Linguistics.SE. However, it would be on-topic for the forthcoming Conlang.SE.
Oct
31
comment I have compiled a poetry book with poems of 4chan users. It has a lot of vulgarisms, is it possible to publish something like that?
You could put them up as a 99-cent ebook. I think you'd sell a decent number of copies that way.
Oct
30
awarded  Civic Duty