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Someone wanted to know, is it toe the line or tow the line?

Let's discuss this with help from the people of Stargate Command.

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[ profile] minesomine asks: When do you use "off" versus "of", and how do you remember the difference?

With examples from The Dresden Files

Off vs Of - Moving onward... )
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This week we are going to focus on the proper use of hear, hear vs here, here. And we're going to have help from the Stargate SG-1 crew.

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When do you use "nor" versus "or"?

With examples from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Nor vs Or )
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We all know that person. The one who makes us cringe every time they say a word wrong or mangle it in the process. There are quite a few phrases, but here’s a sampling of ten common terms:

From: 10 Misspoken Phrases

And yes, I admit it. I used to say "irregardless" a lot, until someone came along and threatened to chop my head off if I ever did it again. Fortunately, there are several online dictionaries that include a spoken pronunciation of multisyllabic words if there is ever any doubt.

But how about you? Are there any common phrases or words that drive you nuts? Feel free to share them in the comments!
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Today's fannish example is from Stargate SG_1.

A pilcrow (¶) is a symbol that is used to indicate the end of a paragraph. When the symbol was first used circa 1440, it was designed as the letter C to indicate a capitulum, or "chapter," in Latin, but was modified over the years to eventually include double lines and an inked in circle. You can find examples of the various stages of the symbol's design throughout the ages here.

Nowadays, the symbol is mostly used by editors and their red pens, but it can also be found in desktop publishing software and in word processors by either the Insert/Symbol menu or by typing Alt+0182 (Alt+20 on numeric keypad) in the Windows operating system and Opt+7 in the Mac environment. (For more information on producing a pilcrow in other operating systems, see Wikipedia.

Microsoft Word also provides a pilcrow icon which shows the hidden formatting marks within a text. This option gives the author an opportunity to make an essay or article look better by checking the manuscript to determine whether something might have gone wrong with the formatting, such as double spacing and page breaks.

The translation wasn't going well until Daniel realized that placing a pilcrow after a particular phrase completely changed the meaning of the text.

Whether the pilcrow is used by an editor to indicate where a new paragraph should begin, or as an option in Word to check for formatting issues, the pilcrow is a very useful tool to have as you work on your projects.

References: - discusses the origin of the pilcrow as well as an example of how it was used circa 1500
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What's the difference between social, socialize, society, and societal?

With examples from Stargate SG-1

Even though these words share a similar meaning, "pertaining to society," they are still different in the way they are used. Read more... )
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Today is the day we get to talk about the difference between goulashes and galoshes. Or to be more specific, "stews" and "boots."

With examples from X-Files and a reference to an old Charlie Chaplin film.

Goulashes vs. galoshes )
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This Blast from the Past feature is going to focus on the difference between defuse and diffuse, as originally discussed in this excellent article written by [ profile] mab_browne.

With crossover examples from MacGyver and Stargate SG-1:

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Tips for Writing Flashbacks

With examples from Stargate SG-1 and Sarah Connor Chronicles

Flashback )


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