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

I am an achievement hunter. Come and visit me on trueachievements.com

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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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
Dec
2
accepted What is a word for the art of making watches/clocks
Dec
2
comment Difference between “banner” and “flag”
Or like in la Marseillaise - ... L'étendard sanglant est levé... (the bloody flag is raised)...
Dec
1
awarded  Student
Dec
1
asked What is a word for the art of making watches/clocks
Nov
28
comment What does it mean “It is hard to get by just upon a smile”?
That's exactly what this line means. It presumably is a song from a parent to his/her daughter. Kids are usually fairly naive when they step into the society for the first time. This whole song is essentially there to give them a heads-up.
Nov
28
awarded  Critic
Nov
28
comment What do British and American post boxes say when they don't want any advertising?
NZ/Aus use similar phrasing. No circulars/No junk mail are probably more common.
Nov
25
comment Passive of “tried to eat”
Does sound like that doesn't it? :).
Nov
25
awarded  Supporter
Nov
25
comment Should I greet my customer at 6pm with “good evening” or “good afternoon”?
+1 to this answer. That's what I would do. If it's still light, then Good afternoon, if dark, then good evening. There really isn't a cut-off time for saying them.
Nov
25
answered Passive of “tried to eat”
Nov
25
answered Difference between “banner” and “flag”
Oct
18
awarded  Teacher
Oct
17
answered Word or phrase for clumsy, inaccurate expression