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by minjeff
Sun Jan 21, 2007 6:04 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Most words query / Eskimo words for snow
Replies: 34
Views: 20830

Most words query / Eskimo words for snow

Is per chance called Tyle Alltwen Hill?
by minjeff
Sat Jan 20, 2007 5:35 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Take him up to Mabel's room...
Replies: 6
Views: 1780

Take him up to Mabel's room...

Was Mabel his wife's name?! (Sorry to all the ladies, I couldn't resist)
by minjeff
Sat Jan 20, 2007 5:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Most words query / Eskimo words for snow
Replies: 34
Views: 20830

Most words query / Eskimo words for snow

Isn't there a place in Scotland that's name when translated means Hillhillhill?
by minjeff
Sat Jan 20, 2007 5:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: their as gender neutral singular
Replies: 15
Views: 3564

their as gender neutral singular

As an addition: We did have a pretty long discussion on this subject a while back. There was a link to a website that actually argued that the "they/their" construction predated the "he or her/his or her" construction. I believe that it was Samuel L. Clemens (aka Mark Twain) that made the argument. ...
by minjeff
Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to whom it may concern
Replies: 10
Views: 4544

to whom it may concern

Unfortunately our media doesn't pay too close attention to such pedantics. (Probably because most people don't even recognize the difference) And also, Erik, the only reason that I would capitalize "Friend" is because it's speaking directly to the person, where as "To whom it may concern" is a prepo...
by minjeff
Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to whom it may concern
Replies: 10
Views: 4544

to whom it may concern

I always write it: "To whom it may concern:"

Isn't the "rule" that you only capitalize the first word of the greeting (unless its a proper noun or substituting for an individual's name i.e. Dear Friend,)
by minjeff
Sun Oct 08, 2006 1:42 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Inquirement
Replies: 8
Views: 6582

Inquirement

Thanks for your reply Mr. Oz though I'd like to clarify the context of my sermon somewhat: 1. It is for a Theological Communication Course that I'm taking and hence will be graded for 50% of my midterm so there are no parishioners involved. 2. It's not only graded on content but also delivery. Being...
by minjeff
Sat Oct 07, 2006 10:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Inquirement
Replies: 8
Views: 6582

Inquirement

Hi guys, I haven't posted in a while but here's a question I've encountered while prepping a sermon. Does inquirement (enquirement for those British among us)sound proper? I know that there is "inquiry" however a buddy of mine and I couldn't agree that "inquirement" was a word. I checked a couple of...
by minjeff
Sat Aug 26, 2006 3:11 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: certainty and uncertainty
Replies: 34
Views: 8642

certainty and uncertainty

I would suggest the Serenity prayer for inspiration:

God, grant me serenity to accept the things that I cannot change, courage to change those that I can, and the wisdom to tell the difference between the two.

(forgive me, I think that I paraphrased)
by minjeff
Thu Jul 06, 2006 7:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Does English have an "accent mark" ( ¨ ) ??
Replies: 51
Views: 13813

Does English have an "accent mark" ( ¨ ) ??

I think as almost always it boils down to personal preference. I prefer (and advocate on behalf of) using the accents, dierases, and "funny" characters. If, however, your teacher doesn't approve then I would suggest for grades' sake that you abstain for his/her assignments.
by minjeff
Mon Apr 24, 2006 3:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ending Memos
Replies: 7
Views: 4549

Ending Memos

Or, to be less pompous/languid one could just end with:

Thanks for consideration, Appreciatively, Thank you in advance etc.

or to be friendly/cordial and not abrupt I would consider it OK to merely sign one's name at the end of a memo, especially if it's a brief one.
by minjeff
Fri Apr 14, 2006 2:25 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Solace
Replies: 19
Views: 6761

Solace

I would say:

"For the bad times, there's always Solace"

Kind of corny, but I think it'll stick.
by minjeff
Wed Apr 12, 2006 3:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: vire
Replies: 6
Views: 2967

vire

"Vire" is just how the German immigrants pronounce "wire".

So, it's the same concept as wiring money ;-)
by minjeff
Wed Apr 05, 2006 5:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: triquarterly
Replies: 11
Views: 4051

triquarterly

Perhaps in the Russian Literature Triquarterly the "triquarterly" stood for every 3 quarters. That would produce 1 issue and 1/3 of an issue per year. (Of course there would still be 2 issues missing)
by minjeff
Mon Apr 03, 2006 2:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: meaning and origin of "stay bless"
Replies: 16
Views: 32427

meaning and origin of "stay bless"

I don't know about ivy league but sometimes I would argue that we're in a league of our own. ;-)

But your right, strictly speaking, this is not the place to debate wider issuses.