J.R.

United States

"My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence. These little problems help me to do so." (Sherlock Holmes)

I sometimes enjoy embedding puns and subtle self-references into many of my answers and comments.

Remember, context is everything.


Never make the mistake of thinking that a tiny preposition has only one meaning.

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comment “I beg pardon” vs. “I beg your pardon”
I don't hear either one of them used very often nowadays, but I'd guess the four-word version is more common.
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answered Tragedy with no one to blame
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revised How to understand the preposition “for” in “She is Miss Asia for 2006”
No blank space after open quotes!
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comment Question about meaning of "cargo shifted"
@Bob - shifting is used for ground vessels as well. Check out this advice from moving companies: Loading a truck can be like a game of Tetris .. a packed moving truck will prevent items from **shifting**. Pack items tight, like a jigsaw puzzle – all space should be filled to avoid **shifting**. Avoid overloading cartons, but strive for a firm pack that will prevent items from **shifting**.
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comment Question about meaning of "cargo shifted"
I believe that shifted is the verb invariably used when cargo slides across the deck of a ship or aircraft.
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comment Wondering if anybody out here could simplify the highlighted parts of the piece of news
Since the O.P. asked, I'll add a note of clarification: A rescue site could be on shore, at sea, or a combination of both. It could also be in the middle of a field, or just outside of a mine. Wherever the rescue workers are working, that pretty much defines the area of the rescue site.
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comment Can a 'valetudinarian' be a 'valetudinarian'?
Now, if Jack is too conscious, worried or anxious about his health, he's less likely to contract diseases. I thought stress could weaken the immune system. If Jack is concerned enough about his health that he takes concrete steps to avoid being sick (good diet, exercise, and sleep regimens, e.g.), then I would agree with you. But if Jack is "too conscious, worried or anxious about his health," that sounds like fretting to me, which I think would make Jack more likely to come down with something, not less likely.
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comment Is the term 'Invalid' applicable for human beings?
@user5482 - What Bob said. Also, I suppose there would need to be more than one or two individuals who got offended by a term. I was just trying to say that whether or not something is "non-PC" fluctuates depending who decides in their own mind that something should be offensive. A word might be fine this year but cause people to bristle next year. It's often fuzzy, and sometimes ridiculous.
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comment How do they guess the spelling of a word from its origin?
It might be worth mentioning that we have no idea when an origin helps, and when it doesn't. If a contestant is unsure, it doesn't cost them anything to ask. As Jonathan says, there may be vital clue, but that doesn't mean there always is.
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comment Is the term 'Invalid' applicable for human beings?
@FumbleFingers - Just my opinion, but, if any people are offend by the term, then it falls under the "non-PC" umbrella. I'd have to research it, but I'd be surprised if there were no people out there who were bothered by this term, whether it was being applied to them, or someone else.
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answered More about taking the liberty of doing something
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comment More about taking the liberty of doing something
As for how to gain 50 points, you'll have to either ask a few good questions, or leave a few good answers. I recommend doing a lot of research first, though, either way. The best answers here are substantiated with research. For example, did you look up to in a dictionary before you stated its meaning? Had you looked at this excellent resource, you would have seen that there are many ways that word can be used. That all said, I, too, welcome you to ELL, and hope you stick around until you get the hang of it. We're not mean, but we strive for quality here.
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comment More about taking the liberty of doing something
"To is used when someone or something moves toward, or in the direction of something." Ahem. No. Think harder. It's rare that we can summarize all the uses of a preposition so succinctly. Teach manners to your children. He is married to my cousin. Let's listen to the radio. The odds are 8-to-1. We hope these talks bring an end to hostilities. It's 15 minutes to sunrise. The excited crowd danced to the music. I'm starved to death! Let's eat. NOAD lists 7 definitions; one of them is: "concerning or likely to concern (something, esp. something abstract)". To is the correct preposition here.
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comment English spelling/pronunciation example
@MattEllen - Interesting! I never knew that. I suppose that one won't work everywhere.
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comment How to describe humanities students in one word
@ThirdNews - Maybe it's contagious...
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