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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


Oct
21
comment Groom's speech, any suggestions?
In any case, I think that public speaking is generally off-topic for this site.
Oct
11
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
11
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
5
comment First person with co-authors?
I agree that "we" is standard in these sorts of contexts, and it doesn't sound weird to me at all.
Sep
27
revised Frailties, mistakes, and imperfections
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Sep
20
awarded  Nice Question
Sep
19
comment Dialogue writing practices?
You might like this article: terribleminds.com/ramble/2011/07/05/…
Sep
19
comment Minimum (realistic) word count of non-fiction book
I think your numbers are on the high side.
Sep
19
asked So I finished my novel. Now what do I do?
Sep
13
answered Should I care if my short story has the same title as someone else's book?
Sep
9
revised What to do if I can't meet my chapter word count?
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Sep
9
comment What to do if I can't meet my chapter word count?
My personal experience: I originally outlined my current WIP into 30 chapters, to which I allotted 3,000 words apiece, giving me a total of 90K. But in reality, the chapters came out everywhere from 1,500 to 6,000 words, and that's fine. Give each chapter as much or as little space as it needs.
Sep
6
awarded  Enlightened
Sep
6
awarded  Nice Question
Sep
6
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Aug
29
revised How should dialog be formatted?
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Aug
29
revised Meretricious - A bit too fancy?
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Aug
29
revised Is it always ok to use the verb “to say” after a question?
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Aug
25
comment What's a typical trilogy structure?
+1. You absolutely need to distinguish between "three books in one trilogy" and "one book in three volumes", as they have very different internal structures.
Aug
24
awarded  Nice Answer