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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
18
revised Difference between “ability” and “capability”
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Aug
18
revised Is “rather” shifting to become a verb?
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Aug
18
comment Is “rather” shifting to become a verb?
Retagging as per meta.english.stackexchange.com/questions/72/…
Aug
18
comment Does “ever” apply to the future, or only the past?
Great answer. Also, completely off-topic, your circular reasoning avatar is awesome!
Aug
18
revised When can “have” be used without “got”?
emphasis / obligation
Aug
18
answered When can “have” be used without “got”?
Aug
18
comment Why is “ain't” not listed in dictionaries?
You are linking to Wiktionary, not Wikipedia, and I think that article is relatively helpful... "Ain't" indeed works with I, you, we, that, etc. but calling it "wildcard" would sound a bit misleading to me.
Aug
18
awarded  Scholar
Aug
18
accepted Contemporary written usage of “whom” in objective case
Aug
14
revised Equivalences between Australian English and American English
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Aug
14
revised Are “betwixt”, “trebble”, etc., acceptable in American English?
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Aug
14
revised Is the usage of “speaks to” new? Is it American?
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Aug
13
revised Are the endings “-zation” and “-sation” interchangeable?
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Aug
13
comment Are the endings “-zation” and “-sation” interchangeable?
The question was already answered, but for further details, see: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Aug
12
awarded  Beta
Aug
12
revised When is it acceptable to use Internet abbreviations such as “u” or “r”?
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Aug
11
awarded  Student
Aug
11
asked Regulatory bodies and authoritative dictionaries for English
Aug
11
comment Should I put a comma before the last item in a list?
May I suggest an edit? In the first sentence, replacing "This" with e.g. "Using comma before the last item" would make it clearer. (When first reading this, I was confused as to which of the two cases you meant, before realising it was a reference to question title.)
Aug
11
comment When is it acceptable to use Internet abbreviations such as “u” or “r”?
@njd, agreed, very good point.