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A similar trick works by subbing Who or Whom for He or Him.

To Whom it may concern.  It may concern Him.

Who's there?  He is there.

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On an only mildly related note, my gentle old German teacher taught me a trick with 'als' and 'wie' which I soon discovered also worked with 'as' and 'like'. In order to determine when to use which one, 'as' is used as 'in the capacity of' and 'like' is used as 'behaving like.' The test sentence he gave was "He came as a professor but acted like an idiot." Ever since, I have had no trouble deciding which of the two to use.

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4 hours ago, The Old Hack said:

"He came as a professor but acted like an idiot."

Oi! I take umbrage to that! /* swings umbrage at the sentence, but with no effect, the sentence now long gone */

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44 minutes ago, ProfessorTomoe said:

Oi! I take umbrage to that! /* swings umbrage at the sentence, but with no effect, the sentence now long gone */

I didn't like Professor Umbridge. She came as a professor but acted like an abusive sadist.

Oh wait, umbrage. Never mind, carry on.

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Give that my meatspace editor has totally flaked on me, I've started using an online service called Grammarly.  Seems to be working rather well.  It does have the option having a human editor look at your document, but it's more expensive than I want to use.  It has a plugin that works with Firefox on any text field, so I have another redline to live and die by.  It does seem to notice using homophones and close to homophones in context.  I has a happy.  It does have the no preposition at the end of a sentence fetish and doesn't speak lolcat.

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6 hours ago, mlooney said:

Give that my meatspace editor has totally flaked on me, I've started using an online service called Grammarly.  Seems to be working rather well.  It does have the option having a human editor look at your document, but it's more expensive than I want to use.  It has a plugin that works with Firefox on any text field, so I have another redline to live and die by.  It does seem to notice using homophones and close to homophones in context.  I has a happy.  It does have the no preposition at the end of a sentence fetish and doesn't speak lolcat.

Perhaps this is a corollary of the "any spelling flame will itself contain an error," but I notice your post should start with "Given" and the third sentence seems to be missing an "of" after "have the option".  Perhaps any post praising a spelling or grammar checker will have at least one error in spelling and/or grammar?

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7 hours ago, mlooney said:

Give that my meatspace editor has totally flaked on me, I've started using an online service called Grammarly.  Seems to be working rather well.  It does have the option having a human editor look at your document, but it's more expensive than I want to use.  It has a plugin that works with Firefox on any text field, so I have another redline to live and die by.  It does seem to notice using homophones and close to homophones in context.  I has a happy.  It does have the no preposition at the end of a sentence fetish and doesn't speak lolcat.

Before you blow big bucks on Grammarly, might I recommend a look at Slick Write? On its face, it might look a bit basic, but that interface can be customized in any number of ways to catch almost any combination of errors. It's also got plugins for LibreOffice (and I think Firefox), and best of all, it's free.

Additional: I used it to write the first draft of my novel. Very helpful.

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9 hours ago, CritterKeeper said:

Happy belated birthday!

Hmm, I always see it phrased this way, but looking at it, this doesn't seem right.  It's not the birthday that's late, but the happy wishes.  Seems like "A belated happy birthday!" would be more appropriate.  Since I almost never see the word 'belated' in any other context, it's hard to be sure about proper usage.

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39 minutes ago, CritterKeeper said:

Hmm, I always see it phrased this way, but looking at it, this doesn't seem right.  It's not the birthday that's late, but the happy wishes.  Seems like "A belated happy birthday!" would be more appropriate.  Since I almost never see the word 'belated' in any other context, it's hard to be sure about proper usage.

Don Edwards did it correctly, with 'Happy Berated Birthday!" >.>

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5 hours ago, Pharaoh RutinTutin said:

I thought "belated birthday" meant "extremely early for the next birthday".

Once you get to several thousands like you, they do start to blur together.

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6 hours ago, Pharaoh RutinTutin said:

homo Goonicus?

 

6 hours ago, hkmaly said:

Considering we are Bunnies, Homo Oryctolagus?

The proper way to state a genus and species is to capitalize the first word, the genus, which is the broader category; use a lower case for the species, which is a narrower, more specific identifier; and to italicize both.  Homo sapiens, Homo habilis, Pan paniscus, Gorilla gorilla (yes, that's really the scientific name for gorillas), Tenebrio molitor, Escheria coli.

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Posted (edited)

So why was I thinking lower case on genus and upper on Species?

Maybe the Boa constrictor cut off more oxygen to the brain than I expected?  Either way, that is something I should get right.  I pity the fool who misspells Mr. T rex.

 

 

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LOL, I had forgotten that the common and scientific names were the same for boa constrictors!

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On 3/21/2017 at 4:20 AM, CritterKeeper said:

Gorilla gorilla (yes, that's really the scientific name for some gorillas)

Slight change to your statement. Eastern gorillas are Gorilla beringei

For maximum gorilla, a Western lowland gorilla is Gorilla gorilla gorilla.

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30 minutes ago, mlooney said:

For maximum gorilla, a Western lowland gorilla is Gorilla gorilla gorilla.

They're goddamn Gorilla and they want to make sure that we know it.

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