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I'm a second-language speaker of what I believe is a fairly "neutral" flavour of English (if such a thing exists), mainly influenced by British and American varieties. I tend to prefer British spellings but I'm afraid I sound more American when I talk. :-)

I take an interest in languages, their evolution and history, and all those subtle variations between different dialects and registers. After secondary school I was actually close to going to study English Philology at university, but ended up taking Computer Science instead. Now I am a software developer by profession, and languages remain mainly a hobby for me. (Not only a hobby, as I think good prose writing skills are important in my field. For the last 10 years or so English has been the main written language I've used at work.)

Besides English and my native Finnish, I'm nowadays quite adept at Spanish too (it's my favourite language in a way, especially if spoken with a Cuban accent and when drunk). My Swedish and German are rusty, but re-learnable if need arises.


Aug
25
revised “Email” or “e-mail”?
missing word
Aug
25
revised “Email” or “e-mail”?
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Aug
25
revised “Email” or “e-mail”?
more evidence in favour of "email"; added 1 characters in body; deleted 4 characters in body
Aug
25
answered “Email” or “e-mail”?
Aug
25
comment “Firstly” or “first”?
Yeah, did you mean to conclude with "I'd use first"? That'd make more sense.
Aug
24
comment Is it correct to speak of New York dialect?
Because I first meant it as cheap quip w/ Wikipedia link and didn't consider it worthy of that. (Only later I edited in the 2nd sentence about NY accent.) But it's an answer now; let's see how it'll do. :-P
Aug
24
answered Is it correct to speak of New York dialect?
Aug
24
revised Is there a 1950's American accent?
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Aug
24
revised Is it correct to speak of New York dialect?
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Aug
24
revised What does “a couple” mean to you, and what does “a few” mean to you?
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Aug
24
comment Is the phrase “please kindly” redundant?
Out of those options the first one, obviously, but is there really any difference between Please kindly pass me the magazine and Please pass me the magazine (which I think is the point of this question)
Aug
24
comment “Firstly” or “first”?
In fact this is a great question! I remember having wondered about this too.
Aug
24
comment “Firstly” or “first”?
This is not a duplicate of that; you can't really deduct from a discussion on "fast" as an adverb whether to prefer "first" or "firstly".
Aug
24
comment When is it OK to use OK?
There's a separate question here on the etymology of "OK": english.stackexchange.com/questions/17/…
Aug
23
revised Formal way to wish good morning
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Aug
22
comment Which is more correct: “Plug-in” or “plugin”?
Yes. I think it's a common phenomenon that hyphens eventually get dropped when a word becomes more commonplace. Compare with electronic mail -> e-mail -> email (nowadays perfectly acceptable form).
Aug
22
revised “To call” vs. “to ring”
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Aug
22
comment Are there any differences between “I believe” vs “I think” vs “I reckon”?
I reckon the phrase is quite common in Australian usage (at least my Australian gf used to use it commonly), whereas in America it may sound somewhat "hillbilly". :)
Aug
22
revised Is it correct to use “their” instead of “his or her”?
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Aug
20
comment “just because… doesn't mean…”
I tend to agree with Steve. Another nice way would be to replace "just because" with "the fact that": "The fact that I'm inexperienced doesn't mean that I lack perception"