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xxxCHENOUMI  Identity Verified
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Aug 12, 2003

Well, well, well, well...

After the commotion that Murat unvoluntarily caused on Sunday with his post, and the aftershock effects which I felt for being the co-sponsor of his innovative idea, I'm pleased to return to my old business of sharing.:)

http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html#errors: This site features - among other goodies - the most common errors in English, writing rules by the renowned William Safire, Michael Quinion's language pages, a Technical Writing Guide, Dr. NAD's Prig Page, various writing resources on line, a number of style notes, commonly misspelled words and a non-sexist language guide.

I know you will find it very resourceful, whether you bear witness to the fact or not.;)

*Shared with joy,
Sandra


[Edited at 2003-08-12 06:06]


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Gayle Wallimann  Identity Verified
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Strange link Aug 12, 2003

Hello Sandra,
I've seen this link before on proz, but this time, something very strange happens when I click on it. The page comes up, and then it erases my proz page completely. I have to go back to log onto proz again. Also, the link's page flashes on screen and then disappears. I've never seen anything like it, it never happens with any other links. Has this happened to anyone else? My anti-virus (Norton) updated an hour ago, maybe there is something in the link that Norton doesn't like!
Gayle


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Mats Wiman  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 19:27
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Splendid source for translators into English (as well as 'out of') Aug 12, 2003

I'd rate this contribution as a 4 on a scale of 1-5 entailing 20 BrowniZ in my ProZ.com world

Thanx!!

Mats

PS

Let me follow up:

The A-Z of Correct English:
Common Errors in English: Quick Solutions to Everyday Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Problems -- Angela Burt paperback
The Most Common Mistakes in English Usage -- Thomas E. Berry, T. E. Berry paperback
Mind the Gaffe: The Penguin Guide to Common Errors in English -- R. L. Trask hard cover

available at www.Amazon.de:

http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/search-handle-form/ref=sr_sp_go_qs/302-2887155-6718407

[Edited at 2003-08-12 07:16]


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Narasimhan Raghavan  Identity Verified
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English to Tamil
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Have you seen the homepage of the site Sandra? Aug 12, 2003

Thanks for the link. However I request you to consider the following lines written by the site founder in his home page:

Linking to "Common Errors in English"
This project has been hugely successful, but I'll never know exactly how successful because many reviewers and other folks skip the site home page and its counter. I am a professor at a public university who gets no pay for his Web work except indirect benefits that come from tracking the visits to this site. Because of its design, the counter for the site has to be on the Web home page at http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/index.html. When you link instead to http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html you short-circuit the process, leading your readers to leap over my virtual turnstile and rob me of hits.
The other reason to link to the site home page is that a number of important issues are addressed there which people commonly ask me about. Please direct your readers to that page so they can get my introductory remarks rather than plunging right into the list of errors and generating extra work for me.

Several years ago, the site resided at a different address which still circulates widely on the Web: http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~brians/errors.html. Because of forwarding, it works, but it is cumbersome to type and inaccurate. The best address, and the one I would strongly prefer you to use is:

http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/ or, if you insist on adding the page name itself: http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/index.html.

If you have not yet viewed that page (the site home page) please do so now.

If you reached my site through reading a review giving a different address, I would appreciate it if you would direct the reviewer to this explanatory page.

Some publications actually query the owners of pages to check URLs and other info before publishing reviews. This practice makes great sense and avoids creating the sorts of messes I spend all too much time cleaning up. Several printed reviews of my site have contained typographical errors in the URL, rendering them inoperable.

If you like my work, please check my other projects at http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/ and http://www.wsu.edu/~wldciv. "Common Errors in English" is only a small part of what I do.

Thanks for your cooperation,

Paul Brians

July 8, 2000

Revised August 8, 2000


CHENOUMI wrote:

Well, well, well, well...

After the commotion that Murat unvoluntarily caused on Sunday with his post, and the aftershock effects which I felt for being the co-sponsor of his innovative idea, I'm pleased to return to my old business of sharing.:)

http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html#errors: This site features - among other goodies - the most common errors in English, writing rules by the renowned William Safire, Michael Quinion's language pages, a Technical Writing Guide, Dr. NAD's Prig Page, various writing resources on line, a number of style notes, commonly misspelled words and a non-sexist language guide.

I know you will find it very resourceful, whether you bear witness to the fact or not.;)

*Shared with joy,
Sandra


[Edited at 2003-08-12 06:06]


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Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
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The best grammar & style book I have ever seen Aug 12, 2003

I hope I will find the time to read it

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xxxCHENOUMI  Identity Verified
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Link posted in GlossPost Aug 12, 2003

I forgot to mention that I've posted the link in the GlossPost English monolingual section. I expect it to be visible, once the vetting process is over.

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xxxCHENOUMI  Identity Verified
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Suggestions for busy folks Aug 12, 2003

I hope I will find the time to read it


Harry,

You can print all the pages that you deem interesting and make a folder out of it. Keep the folder on a bookshelf nearest to you. Do not let it gather dust... Glance thru it and thumb it at your convenience.

Another trick is to use self-reminders* in your email so you can go and visit the link at your leisure time during a one-month period.

*I do it all the time. Needless to say that you can renew them for another one-month, in the event that this period has elapsed and you have not acted upon it.

Regards,
S.:)


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xxxCHENOUMI  Identity Verified
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Mr. Brians should deal with the roots of the problem Aug 12, 2003

Hello Narasimhan,

Thanks for the link. However I request you to consider the following lines written by the site founder in his home page:

Linking to "Common Errors in English"
This project has been hugely successful, but I'll never know exactly how successful because many reviewers and other folks skip the site home page and its counter...


No, I have not seen Mr. Brians' home page. I was too busy indulging myself into the wealth of information contained in the link that I provided above.

I came across the link randomly.

If the site founder has noticed a specific pattern in visitors of his site, he should come up with appropriate solutions to circumvent the trend.

There is nothing I can personally do about it, and I doubt that unilateral efforts by some individuals can be the panacea to his dilemma.


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xxxCHENOUMI  Identity Verified
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Mats, Aug 12, 2003

I'd rate this contribution as a 4 on a scale of 1-5 entailing 20 BrowniZ in my ProZ.com world


That's a perfectly reasonable score. I was left to wonder though what would have made it on the top of the scale? Any particular criterion of yours?

S.:)


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Mats Wiman  Identity Verified
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Self-written papers of high quality = 5 Aug 13, 2003

Dear Sandra,

My scores are not yet very well worked through and the suggestion has been scorned by some moderators, so it is temporarily off, but I think GOOD forum contributions should earn BrowniZ to the writer who has spent time, effort and genius to author text for the benefit of all.

To discover important or very good sources of information and share them with the community is also worth BrowniZ. A 5 would e.g. have been a 'secrete' (but legal) entry into the databese of the Oxford University.

BR

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