Loss of a friend: Parla


Senior Member
This is the saddest news I've had for the past few years. Thanks for every post you made, Parla. You took our breath away, and you have been a great help. You will be missed tremendously.
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    Thank you, Cagey, for sharing the news even though it is bad. This thread reminds me of how important it is to share our appreciation for others while they are still alive to hear it.
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    Senior Member
    Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
    Hi, Cagey.

    I forgot to say "thanks" to you. Thank you for letting me know this.

    I am still feeling very bad these days; she's like a family member to me.

    I wonder if it's okay to change her status as "Forever remembered" or something like that. I mean when she was last seen, not just a date.

    By doing so, we might probably feel less hurtful and sad. Just a suggestion.

    Thanks a lot


    I really really wish Cagey would delete this thread by just saying that ' .... my information was incorrect; Parla is alive, sorry for having been a trouble for the members.'


    Senior Member
    I'm very sorry to hear this. My deepest condolences to Parla's family and friends.
    [...] how important it is to share our appreciation for others while they are still alive to hear it.

    Farewell, Parla. . .
    In this context, Copyright is correct; the meaning is "with it" or "in the know."

    There are helpful online reference for American English usages that don't necessarily appear in older dictionaries; look for "slang dictionary" in search engines.
    Parla, Sep 23, 2010
    "So you like this place? Anything in particular?"
    "Well, I was floored by the professionalism of the people."
    Parla, May 26, 2016


    Senior Member
    Spanish – Costa Rica (Valle Central)
    I am heartbroken. Parla is one of the forum members I admire the most. I learnt so much from her contributions. May she rest in peace.
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    Senior Member
    English - US and Canada
    Very sad news. I have the greatest admiration for Parla's knowledge and for her generous contribution to the forum.


    Senior Member
    Standard Japanese, Sendaian Japanese
    Parla was always so helpful, particularly when our queries concerned New York English but not limited to it; in fact, she was so helpful with any English question. I noticed Cagey's message just a moment ago. I've been traveling around. The sad news caught my eye while waiting for a train. I am sad, I am so sad I can't think of anything else at the moment. My heart goes out to her family.

    Rest in peace, Parla.

    I'm still waiting for the train on the platform with the head drooping ...

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    Senior Member
    I can't believe this. She's one of the most reliable people on this website. It's a great loss.
    Please rest in peace, Parla. Thank you very much for your help.


    Senior Member
    When I heard the news, I was totally shocked. I am terribly sorry to hear that. You had contributed to this forum a lot. We will miss you a lot. Goodbye Parla.


    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    I first got to know Parla here. She then invited me to play an online word game with her and about 15 others. We played for a few years, until she had to stop about two months ago, and corresponded about many other topics. This is a real loss - to her husband, to WRF, to all her friends outside WRF, to the world of science writers/editors, and beyond. I can't begin to be as helpful as she was here. Thanks for all you contributed, Parla. Rest in peace. We miss you.


    Senior Member
    Tears will never be strong enough to take away what in sorrow we grieve for those lost... .

    Now, an angel is watching over the dearest.



    English - US
    That is sad news. I am thankful for all that Parla did for the forums, both for visitors and behind the scenes here.

    Many people find old threads here through Google. Her comments, answers and commentary will continue to be useful for many hundreds of thousands of people around the world.



    Senior Member
    American English
    So may wonderful people have left us this year. I'm so sorry to hear that Parla was among them. I greatly enjoyed reading her answers and mourn for a fellow New Yorker.


    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    I added this to the opening post, but am posting it here as well, for people who are not likely to reread the opening post.

    Added Sunday Aug. 7:
    I have communicated with Parla's family and sent them a link to this thread. They were pleased to know she was so well regarded in this forum and thank us for our condolences.


    Senior Member
    I am very sorry to know about this. She had help me and many others on numerous occasions and she will be sorely missed by us. :(


    Senior Member
    As others have noted, Parla had a way of speaking that was uncommon, unusual in its precision, utility, patience, and benevolence. She sent me a PM once, commenting positively on one of my many stupid jokes. Those are the little things that bring a smile to my face.

    We all mourn losing her, but should rejoice knowing how fortunate we are that she earned a place in our hearts, where she will remain forever. Death can never rob of us what's really important.


    Ombudsmod (Sp-Eng / Sólo Español)
    Mexican Spanish
    I am not a regular poster in English Only, but whenever I was down here I liked a lot to read her posts.

    Rest in peace, Parla!


    Senior Member
    English - American
    Parla's posts were among my favorites to read, not in the least because they were so wonderfully pithy. She was, perhaps, the definitive American voice for the past 6 years. She will be greatly missed.


    Senior Member
    English (UK) / Italian - bilingual
    I stumbled on this thread by chance and am so deeply saddened by this news.
    I don’t suppose we needed proof but reading this thread only confirms that in the end we are indeed a big family and it’s somehow comforting to know that in a computer world, seemingly devoid of any emotion, WR and its members remain human. I was moved by the words of my fellow foreroes and join them in remembering what a wonderful person Parla was. My heart and sympathy go out to her family, I am so, so sorry for your loss.
    I've been thinking of posting a message here since I first saw the thread, but after reading the posts I noticed all good things had already been said. But there is still one that I'm sure I can always say to anybody, anywhere I am: Thank you!

    Thank you very much, Parla!


    Senior Member
    I'm so sad to hear that. I've been gotten so much help from her since I first joined this community. I can't say how much it meant to me. Thank you, Parla. Since I'm Korean and not very good at expressing how I feel in English, but I hope she has a good time in the sky.


    Senior Member
    USA, English
    • Parla, February 19, 2016 –“Try the WR dictionary.”
    • Parla, November 10, 2010 – “The word is in the WR dictionary.”
    • September 23, 2014 – “Just look in a dictionary. The dictionary shows the proper divisions of words.”
    • Parla, August 29, 2014 – “The dictionary is wrong. Glenfarclas is right.”


    So who is going to tell us now when the dictionary is wrong?

    We’ll miss you.



    Senior Member
    English - US
    Parla was one of the posters who consistently stood out in my mind. I would make certain to read her answers whenever I found time to read the forum. So sorry to hear of this loss to us all.


    Senior Member
    I was so shocked to hear the sad news. She helped me by answering some of my questions. Also, by reviewing her replies to others, I have gained so much knowledge. I believe her wisdom and knowledge have impacted thousands of people around the world, and the number, as well as the impact, will just keep growing. I cannot be thankful enough for her and all the other forum members for volunteering their big help. I have not personally talked to her, but I feel like I have known her for quite long time. My heart and thoughts are with her family.


    Senior Member
    I feel sorry to hear the sad news from Cagey. She help me very much with my learning English.
    My condolences to her family.

    You are always in my mind, Parla.


    Senior Member
    English - American
    I'm very sorry to read this sad news. Her contributions here made a real difference to a lot of people.


    Senior Member
    My deepest condolences for the sad loss of our dear Parla, to her family, her friends here and to all foreros in WR.

    She was so sweet and nice by responding to my questions in English Only.

    She is always alive through her writings and her kindness.

    May peace be upon her.


    Senior Member
    RIP Parla... I do not see you but I think very highly of you... Thank you for your generous helps...
    I try to improve my English to be a contributer here like you ,if possible...
    The whole world misses you


    Senior Member
    So sorry to hear that. She helped me a lot in this forum and I really appreciate her help.

    I will miss her.

    Calcutta Miss

    Hindi - India
    I arrived here after Parla passed away, but I join to express my sympathy to Parla's loved ones and I grieve for such a devoted contributor.

    Hit Girl

    Senior Member
    I re-read all my previous threads because her ID looked familiar and I was sure she replied to my posts before.
    Of course, she did.
    I'm so saddened.
    Rest in peace, Parla.


    Senior Member
    English (USA Northeast)
    I am so saddened to read this terrible news. Parla was one of the members I respected the most and felt an affinity for. I would always scroll down to read her poignant comments. We are so lucky to have them permanently here on the forum. Requiescat In Pace, Parla.