Did quotation marks have other applications or uses, like for emphasis?

I have frequently observed instances of quotation marks being used in interesting ways, often with rather funny implications. Here are some notable examples of unnecessary or suspicious quotation marks: The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks has many other examples. Examples I’ve seen in my everyday life are not as funny as these examples, indicating that … Read more

In “type of guy” constructions, do you use hyphens or not? For example [duplicate]

This question already has answers here: Closed 9 years ago. Possible Duplicate: To hyphenate or not? “Did you see this silly poll? It says that if I were a superhero, I would be Captain America.” “Really? I don’t know; I see you as more of a Thor-kind-of-guy.” Or should that be, “I see you as … Read more

What is the plural form of “whitespace”?

I ask this because Firefox suggested that whitespaces is not a valid word; rather it gave me whitespace or white spaces. Answer The word “whitespace” is usually uncountable. If you need it to be countable, I would suggest saying “whitespace characters”. AttributionSource : Link , Question Author : xzhu , Answer Author : Neil Coffey

What is the optional plural form of a word that ends in “‑y”?

I guess “optional plural” is the correct term. I’m referring to things like It can be found at the following location(s). Please pick up your ticket(s). But how do I do that to a word that ends in ‑y? Take category for example: “category(s)” doesn’t seem correct, because categorys is a misspelling. But everything else I … Read more

What is the term for a word with two quite different spellings that are pronounced alike?

If you are willing to go back aways, many words have alternative spellings with the same pronunciation. Take the fishy spelling of The Compleat Angler, for example. But some modern words have two current dramatically different spellings pronounced alike. One example is the spellings of controller and comptroller. In The Way We Live Now, Anthony … Read more

Why do we write “Tsk” for the sound of disapproval?

Wikipedia says alveolar clicks are found only in Africa/Australia, which isn’t true at all. For instance, there’s the one usually done twice in rapid succession with the tongue against the upper side teeth/gums – to “gee up” a horse, indicate “mock-conspiratorial” agreement, etc. So far as I know, we don’t even attempt an onomatopoeic written … Read more

Rules for pronuciation [closed]

Closed. This question needs details or clarity. It is not currently accepting answers. Want to improve this question? Add details and clarify the problem by editing this post. Closed 4 years ago. Improve this question What are the pronunciation rules for words ending with the ‘s” sound ? I simply can not remember these rules … Read more