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by Erik_Kowal
Tue Feb 08, 2005 9:31 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 16161

couples

Ken, it's interesting to see how we would make (or would have made) different choices for similar reasons. Clearly I must reconsider some of my assumptions concerning 'correct' current usage.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Feb 07, 2005 8:13 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 16161

couples

To answer your conundrum as fully as possible, Ken, let's look at the essence of the propositions contained in the specimen sentence. Expressing them as neutrally as possible, I take them to mean that a) It is difficult to find a central radiation waste site, because b) nobody wants it located near ...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Feb 07, 2005 4:47 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 16161

couples

Louis, this is the first time I have heard it suggested that clarity is the opposite of politeness. On the other hand, in your postings it seems to be struggling to survive being smothered by your ubiquitous and inscrutable quotation marks, inter alia -- and losing.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Feb 06, 2005 6:31 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 16161

couples

Ahmed, electrical storms do happen when snow falls, albeit relatively uncommonly. See http://www.weatherwise.org/qr/qry.thunderblizzard.html for a discussion of this phenomenon by an NOAA meteorologist. Could you explain your last sentence if it is not simply a statement of the obvious? Perhaps I ha...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Feb 05, 2005 7:22 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 16161

couples

Though I am pleased that Bill Walsh agrees with my conclusion (and this does not seem like an instance of synesis to me because I think the quantification of the snow amount, not gut feeling, governs the singular vs. plural verb decision in the case in point), it would be more idiomatic to say "Seve...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Feb 05, 2005 3:47 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 16161

couples

Of course, Phil, there are many examples of nouns like 'police' which can be treated as either singular or plural depending on the situation, of which you have cited quite a number of examples, but I don't think this is one of those instances. It's hard to pinpoint exactly why this is so, but I woul...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Feb 03, 2005 7:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 16161

couples

Similarly, we should not forget John Mortimer's lawyer creation, Rumpole, whose wife he has dubbed She Who Must Be Obeyed.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Feb 03, 2005 12:15 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: reversing quotes
Replies: 11
Views: 3051

reversing quotes

Bob, you may not know it, but we discussed the subject of the language settings of Microsoft Word at length (not to say ad nauseam ) in the topic http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?t=7405. In that thread I suggested ways in which the phenomenon you describe could be avoided. Since then I...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Feb 03, 2005 3:29 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 16161

couples

From reviewing a variety of opinions, to me it seems evident that until our English-speaking societies are able to agree on the social and/or legal status of the individual members of unmarried couples (whether gay or straight), the question of which term to use mainly depends on personal preference...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Feb 01, 2005 8:04 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: mnemonics
Replies: 16
Views: 6863

mnemonics

Yes, where is Leif these days?
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Feb 01, 2005 4:15 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Mnemonics that failed
Replies: 0
Views: 1503

Mnemonics that failed

In another thread Phil White revealed that the mnemonic "The squaw on the hippopotamus is equal to the sons of the squaws on the other two hides" for memorising Pythagoras' Theorem, "The square on the hypotenuse is equal to the sums of the squares on the other two sides," failed to be memorable, alt...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Feb 01, 2005 4:00 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: nondescript
Replies: 23
Views: 4053

nondescript

This is a day that will live in infinity.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 31, 2005 9:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: nondescript
Replies: 23
Views: 4053

nondescript

The fifth.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 31, 2005 9:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: nondescript
Replies: 23
Views: 4053

nondescript

Dale, 'Nineteen' was from 20 years ago. Does that count for nothing?
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 31, 2005 8:05 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: nondescript
Replies: 23
Views: 4053

nondescript

I nominate 57/1.