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location Helsinki, Finland
age 35
visits member for 4 years, 4 months
seen Nov 5 at 22:24

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.


Jun
12
comment Is saying “an obsolete remnant” redundant?
Thanks! (I sdded some context as a comment to the question.)
Jun
12
comment Is saying “an obsolete remnant” redundant?
Context whence the question arose: in a software project, a file that had been laying in version control for a year, originally added with some intention in mind, but actually serving no purpose whatsoever. What to call that file?
Jun
12
asked Is saying “an obsolete remnant” redundant?
Jun
10
comment Is “might could” a correct construct?
@tchrist: Yes, that sounds about right, but I don't how see how it relates to my comment. Maybe you misread what I wrote. (I never used the phrase you object to.)
Jun
8
awarded  Constituent
Jun
8
awarded  Caucus
May
7
comment Does this device to restrict access to roads have a generic name?
Another, related name for them seems to be retractable traffic bollard.
Jan
10
awarded  Announcer
Jan
7
awarded  Enlightened
Jan
7
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
13
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
13
awarded  Enlightened
Nov
18
awarded  Enlightened
Nov
18
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
25
revised Why do we say “I win” instead of “I won”?
edited tags
Sep
24
answered Noun for “person with intermediate skill”
Aug
17
awarded  Excavator
Aug
17
revised Shorter way to say “split [user story] into tasks”
small correction
Aug
17
comment What does “fly by the seat of one's pants” mean?
Thanks! Couldn't decide which of the top answers to accept, so I chose the most upvoted one. Also, I posted a small additional point that helped me understand the phrase.
Aug
17
accepted What does “fly by the seat of one's pants” mean?