JLG

United States (Flyover Country)

Editor for 30 years, mostly for veterinary/medical publications

Dec
22
comment How do we know if learning some of the new words are necessary or a waste of energy?
If you want to know the frequency with which an English word is used, you can also check out the fun tool at Wordcount.org. "Wordcount data currently comes from the British National Corpus®, a 100 million word collection of samples of written and spoken language from a wide range of sources, designed to represent an accurate cross-section of current English usage." wordcount.org/main.php
Dec
22
comment How do we know if learning some of the new words are necessary or a waste of energy?
Learning new words is NEVER a waste of time and energy!
Dec
16
comment What's the best, most concise word for the abbreviations put after one's name to denote the achievement of degrees?
I beg to differ. Those are all credentials. See these articles: ansjournalblog.com/2011/06/29/… communications.med.nyu.edu/advertising-branding/… careersdonewrite.com/blog/…
Dec
15
comment What's the best, most concise word for the abbreviations put after one's name to denote the achievement of degrees?
@choster Known as "credentials." :)
Dec
15
answered What's the best, most concise word for the abbreviations put after one's name to denote the achievement of degrees?
Dec
7
revised Difference between "jargon" and "technical terms"
Fixed typos
Dec
4
answered Thinking way ahead and into unnecessary details
Dec
1
comment Commas in a hyphenated series
On what basis would you delete the comma after wind-? Some people who do not use the serial or Oxford comma might advise deleting the comma after rain-, but I cannot think of a reason to delete it after wind-. Please expound.
Nov
26
answered What do you call the process of reducing inflammation or the state that inflammation has been cured?
Nov
25
comment What is a term describing the destruction of crops by insects, bugs, or vermin?
Actually, a fungus under the aphids' exudation results in the beech blight (per the article you link to). I guess I think of blight as being a slow, withering process, which I don't think is what the OP was after. But I guess he'll decide.
Nov
25
comment What is a term describing the destruction of crops by insects, bugs, or vermin?
Is the term blight ever used for insect damage? I couldn't find anything that states that it is. I saw definitions where blight is caused by fungus, bacteria, and viruses. Can you cite a reference that refers to "bugs" (as the OP calls them)?
Nov
24
comment What is a term describing the destruction of crops by insects, bugs, or vermin?
Devoured?
Nov
24
comment What is a term describing the destruction of crops by insects, bugs, or vermin?
In lots of reports, swarms of locusts are said to *decimate crops.*
Nov
18
comment Umbrella term for travel 'ingredients': hotel, flight, car rental, ...?
Here is a pretty good definition.
Nov
11
answered Term for medication used when the beneficial result cannot be determined to result from the medication
Nov
6
comment What does a cat's tail do?
+1 for twitch and flick
Nov
1
comment Word for "having a lot of irregular bumps"?
You are probably aware of this, but villi are very tiny. The visible folds are plicae circulares
Oct
24
revised Is it "the fine arts" or just "fine arts"?
Fixed grammar error
Oct
11
comment What is a good translation of "crâne de piaf" as a nickname?
I can't think of an English equivalent for "sparrow skull" as a nickname. Ravens are scary in literature; and bird skulls are frightening in themselves, so maybe Raven Skull could work. Also chek out this bird condition nicknamed "lizard-head." That might work as a name.
Oct
3
revised Difference between "jargon" and "technical terms"
fixed typos and style
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