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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.


May
30
revised Antithesis of “international”
typos
May
28
comment Antithesis of “international”
Ah, missed that one, sorry :)
May
28
comment Antithesis of “international”
+1. Another very common example: international and domestic flights
May
28
answered Antithesis of “international”
May
13
awarded  Good Answer
Apr
9
accepted Regulatory bodies and authoritative dictionaries for English
Mar
19
awarded  Nice Question
Feb
23
revised Is “eachother” correct?
remove links that only take you to "session expired" page
Feb
23
comment Is the term “hack” more positive or more negative?
Further reading on Wikipedia: Hacker definition controversy :)
Feb
21
comment What word(s) describe a woman's voice as “sexy”?
Yeah, my dictionary says "(of a voice or utterance) sounding low-pitched and slightly hoarse" – this doesn't sound particularly smooth or feminine
Feb
10
revised If an insertion in parentheses ends with a smiley, how do I distinguish between the two?
missing tag
Feb
10
suggested suggested edit on If an insertion in parentheses ends with a smiley, how do I distinguish between the two?
Feb
10
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Feb
7
comment What are some expressions that can be used to end an email?
@jae: "Regards" indeed sounds fine, and respectful enough, to me. :-) "Best regards" was just an example (one that I've seen used a lot).
Jan
31
comment What are some expressions that can be used to end an email?
@ijw, good point; I tend to agree. I've seen "Br," used quite often though, at least among businessy types here in the Nordics.
Jan
25
revised “Practise” vs. “practice”
edited tags
Jan
21
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
17
comment Shorter way to say “split [user story] into tasks”
(Forgot to add this earlier...) Thanks; I've actually applied scrum since 2005, and have generally been happy with it. (It ain't a silver bullet, and one should probably combine it with XP practices, but the key ideas of scrum and kanban do make sense, in my experience.)
Jan
16
revised Which variant of English should I use when my target audience is the world?
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Jan
16
comment Which variant of English should I use when my target audience is the world?
Of course, British English is a very common term for the varieties used in the UK, and claiming that "English" would be a sufficient replacement is rather loaded with bias.