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bio website marksmayo.com
location London, United Kingdom
age 34
visits member for 3 years, 4 months
seen Mar 25 at 8:16

Completed a first class Honours Degree in Computer Science back in 2002.


Been jumping between development and test since, and my niche is probably developing automated test frameworks and systems. But I enjoy venturing into the unknown and trying new things and have worked in a variety of domains, from network communication to air traffic control to gaming platforms.
Also love my travelling and photography, and am getting into writing.


"In theory, this should work..."


Mar
15
comment Why do people say 'buck' for a dollar?
Oh you've updated again. Yeah that's ... better. We'll leave it like that I guess - the rest of the answer is great. :)
Mar
15
comment Why do people say 'buck' for a dollar?
Sort of. It's more that the heading states 'coin designs affect the name' but it doesn't in this case.
Mar
15
comment Why do people say 'buck' for a dollar?
Yeah, in forex / currencies they talk about the Kiwi against the Aussie dollar. But the wording above sort of implies it's because of the dollar coin, where as in the cited link they're two distinct sentences and relation is implied. /quibble
Mar
15
comment Why do people say 'buck' for a dollar?
Ah the actual currency itself, rather than the coin. That's quite different. The looney on the other hand, when I lived in Canada, you'd actually ask for a looney or a tooney ($1 or $2)
Mar
15
comment Why do people say 'buck' for a dollar?
As a NZer (lived there half my life) I've NEVER heard the term 'kiwi' used for a dollar. It's a slang for the fruit (kiwifruit), the name of the bird, and a colloquial for the person from NZ (I'm a Kiwi).
Mar
14
comment Why do people say 'buck' for a dollar?
No I fiigured it was maybe from bucks being used for barter, before the coin, but I can't find proof.
Dec
2
comment The use of “hey” in North America
Ah now I see what you meant, yeah, that does read odd now :)
Dec
2
comment The use of “hey” in North America
@JanusBahsJacquet ah the wording, perhaps, generally in my circles 'formative years' is your teenage / uni years.
Oct
12
comment Full-time or full time, part-time or part time?
thanks I'll look into which dictionaries are most commonly accepted here.
Oct
11
comment Full-time or full time, part-time or part time?
Interesting, but I'm not clear on your first sentence where you said it may depend on where 'here' is. Are you saying different countries vary? This wasn't clear (to me) from your dictionary references. If it helps, it's for an Australian situation.
Jun
18
comment Sub-classification or subclassification?
Despite it existing with one on some dictionary sites?
Jun
18
comment Sub-classification or subclassification?
Finer granularity. If you were talking about say, an industry that is booming, you might say industry classification ... "IT", sub(-)classification "mobile gaming".
Feb
7
comment Is vomit an excretion?
expulsion, possibly?
Oct
2
comment Does the washing up fairy exist outside of Australia?
Just because it's in Australia does NOT mean it's in NZ too! ........ but yes, we have it in NZ too.
Jul
20
comment Who speaks South African English (out of the many languages/ethnicities spoken in SA)?
As I said above - "There's a VERY big difference between English SAE accent and Afrikaans SAE accent". By this I mean those who are 'English' or 'Afrikaner' who speak English. I'm going to update my answer with a link I think may help with this.
Jul
20
comment The use of “hey” in North America
Ah yes. However, He certainly seemed to think it was that "for horses one".
Jul
20
comment Who speaks South African English (out of the many languages/ethnicities spoken in SA)?
well my first thought was "duh, South Africans speak South African English", until I read the question. After I read it, however, it certainly got an upvote and an answer. So not sure on their downvote reason :/
Jul
20
comment Who speaks South African English (out of the many languages/ethnicities spoken in SA)?
Well this is (generally) among the colonial descendents / white immigrant descendents. There's a VERY big difference between English SAE accent (some say it sounds more posh) and Afrikaans SAE accent (much thicker/stronger accent). There are then slight regional differences - thus the Cape English SAE accent is slightly different to the Natal English SAE accent. Um, urban/rural, maybe after generations - my cousins were farmers and didn't really sound any different, and you may find that high socio-economic correlates with a posher accent, but it's not a hard and fast rule.
Jun
20
comment Who is Greek president vs Who is THE Greek President
or if there were a comma after Greek - like "who (here) is Greek, President?" - asking the President who is Greek :)
Jun
19
comment Who is Greek president vs Who is THE Greek President
Ah well explained. That was my feeling that there was a structure that permitted this. The website has a facebook group dedicated to picking up its many, many, MANY spelling and grammatical issues, and I was going to post in there and didn't want to look foolish ;)