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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.


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revised What are the differences between “assume”, “presume” and “suppose”
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Aug
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awarded  Commentator
Aug
10
comment What is the best format to use when writing out dates?
And if someone knows of situations where some longer form (e.g. "the first of April, 2010") would be the most preferable, please tell!
Aug
10
revised Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus “their”)?
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Aug
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comment What is the best format to use when writing out dates?
Please comment and correct me if I'm wrong about preferred usage in some of the countries I mentioned.
Aug
10
revised What is the best format to use when writing out dates?
add australia, nz, sa info
Aug
10
answered What is the best format to use when writing out dates?
Aug
10
revised How bad is the f-word, really?
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Aug
10
revised What is the etymology of “replenish”?
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Aug
10
revised What is the etymology of “replenish”?
added 226 characters in body
Aug
10
answered What is the etymology of “replenish”?
Aug
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comment “Each person's car” vs. “each persons' car”
Can you clarify what DP means in "dominated by the first DP"?
Aug
9
answered When is it acceptable to use Internet abbreviations such as “u” or “r”?
Aug
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awarded  Critic
Aug
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revised “Football” and “Soccer”
typo
Aug
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answered When is it OK to use OK?
Aug
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answered “Football” and “Soccer”
Aug
9
comment Is there any difference between “color” and “colour”?
@Edward. I think American English is so clearly the native language & lingua franca of computer programming that I don't find it particularly surprising that he chose to use "color". It only makes sense.
Aug
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comment Is there any difference between “color” and “colour”?
@Vaibhav, favor/favour is exactly analogous to color/colour. Being American, mac9416 quite naturally favoured "favor". :-)
Aug
9
comment “did shoot” vs “shot”
+1, good explanation. In the case of this article, the previous paragraph talks about the seeming inability of Egypt’s security forces to control the border zone; "did shoot" draws contrast with that.