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I am a gamer, programmer, and a wannabe linguist who is fluent in English and Mandarin, and proficient in French.

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I am also an administrator on Wiktionary and have been for over 3 years. I edit mostly in French, Dutch, English and Mandarin, but I also dabble in Italian, Japanese, Maori and Swedish. We are constantly looking for competent volunteers/lexicographers to contribute to this wonderful multilingual dictionary website.

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May
4
answered What does “kept an ear out on the street” mean?
May
4
revised What does “kept an ear out on the street” mean?
Blockquoted the story. It took me a few seconds to figure out where the question was.
May
4
suggested suggested edit on What does “kept an ear out on the street” mean?
May
3
comment Which is correct: “successor to” or “successor of”?
That being said, it seems that metonymic concepts such as the Throne or the Chair are idiomatically preceded by successor to, not successor of. Though I could be wrong.
May
2
comment Which is correct: “successor to” or “successor of”?
Both are 'correct' as both are used.
May
1
awarded  Editor
May
1
revised What does 'later this month' mean?
added 770 characters in body
May
1
comment What does 'later this month' mean?
Exactly, that sounds sarcastic, but granted with a tint of dry humour. But literally? Could be, but how likely? As I said, it's up to the context. I'd say this sarcastically to someone any day!
May
1
answered What does 'later this month' mean?
Apr
30
answered What's the meaning of 'squared away' here?
Apr
22
accepted A term or phrase expressing the cheapening of a quality by measuring it in monetary terms
Apr
20
comment A term or phrase expressing the cheapening of a quality by measuring it in monetary terms
I did consider this option before posting the question, but it doesn't really feel pejorative. Of course, it can be pejorative given a pejorative context, but it's pretty neutral on its own. However this is definitely a valid option, if the translation is done properly.
Apr
20
asked A term or phrase expressing the cheapening of a quality by measuring it in monetary terms
Apr
17
awarded  Autobiographer
Apr
13
awarded  Commentator
Apr
13
comment What is the plural of “ostrich”?
Just wondering.... Is there any reason why you prefer googling over referencing a dictionary?
Feb
10
comment “I have got a Playstation” versus “I have got Playstation”
@Flimzy What 'form' are you talking about? A little subjective here on your part. I grew up using both forms. I consider the 'have got' form to be slightly informal and it's usually not used in its past tense form 'had got'. That's it. There is nothing good or bad about it. Just idiomatic.
Dec
22
answered What's the difference between “stall” and “stall out”?
Dec
22
comment Word for first sale of the day
'I am sure it would be the same in other countries as well.'.. This is quite a big assumption. It's like saying 'I am sure shaking of the head is a gesture of denying/declining in other countries as well.', when most of us here know this is not the case. I am not aware of such a term in English. This is a lacuna that can only be filled by borrowing from another language if the situation ever arises to express such a notion.
Dec
2
awarded  Scholar