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bio website noldorin.com
location London, United Kingdom
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entrepreneur; graduate in mathematics / theoretical computer science / theoretical physics; polymath-in-training

based in London, United Kingdom


May
23
comment What does the British idiom “taking the piss” mean?
Yeah, doesn't surprise me... we seem to share more slang in common with the Antipodeans than Americans, in many ways.
Mar
15
comment What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym?
@JuanMendes: that's bad usage in my view. It's done often enough though.
Feb
23
comment “Forgot” vs “Forget”
@BenCrowell: No, it's not. Both prescriptively and in common usage, it's correct.
Feb
6
comment Using “ran” as a past participle
Dialectical? I think you're being too generous, but alright, I'll accept that it's commonly used in certain dialects. (Not any I've encountered, but still.) English may not have an official body to standard the language, but it does have a de facto standard. If it would jar the average reader of English when written, I would consider it wrong. As it would indeed jar me.
Feb
6
comment Alternative expression for “bang for your buck”
Very good heh! Too bad there's no nadsat.stackexchange (yet).
Feb
5
comment Alternative expression for “bang for your buck”
It's just a more abstract return on investment (the pleasure of a good drink, if you like), but it's still return. ;)
Feb
5
comment Alternative expression for “bang for your buck”
@d'alar'cop: Haha, oh dear... but sure, why not. ;) What's the Nadsat phrase for it, while we're at it?
Feb
5
comment Using “ran” as a past participle
I think was quite clearly implicit in my comment that I was referring to modern English, as it's used today, and not archaic varieties. :P We all know that English in the 16th century had far from standardised spelling or even grammar, and variants were acceptable. The fact remains, you will be judged as ill-educated if you use "ran" as a past participle nowadays.
Feb
5
comment Using “ran” as a past participle
Certainly not standard English... it would be considered incorrect and uneducated everywhere I know.
Feb
5
comment Alternative expression for “bang for your buck”
Haven't heard of the second, but the first is a good common one that's suitable in both formal and informal contexts.
Feb
5
comment Alternative expression for “bang for your buck”
Good answer. This is the most formal equivalent.
Jan
28
answered What's the English word for a short-lived feeling of euphoria?
Jan
15
comment Is the word “wotcher” British slang? What does it mean?
@Mari-LouA: I don't doubt it. But also I think it's less prevalent today, and in any case it's certainly not a word used by the middle-class population in London and the home counties in present day, I can attest to that.
Jan
9
comment Why have the subjunctive and indicative converged in Modern English?
@JanusBahsJacquet: Yes that's quite true. I'm not sure why I expressed it as such... perhaps for the sake of symmetry. :) In any case the third person present indicative is almost always identical to the infinitive, of course.
Jan
1
awarded  Notable Question
Dec
23
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
16
awarded  Good Answer
Dec
8
awarded  Notable Question
Dec
5
comment How would you define “Fluent” level in English?
Ah right, interesting. Got to love his writing style heh...
Dec
5
comment How would you define “Fluent” level in English?
@Robusto: Never said yours was wrong, so not sure why you're defending yourself. :P Who is this Seward guy anyway? He writes in an amusingly archaic style.