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I’m Tom Christiansen, author of Programming Perl and Perl Cookbook from O’Reilly. I’m a freelance instructor giving courses in Perl programming, including Unicode and regular expressions. I’ve been using BSD Unix for 30 years now; like your maid, I don’t do Windows.

I’ve undergraduate degrees in Spanish and in Computer Science, and a graduate degree in compsci focusing on operating systems design and in natural language processing. I’ve studied Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Latin, and German, with a smattering of other languages thrown in. For the last few years I’ve been dabbling in computational linguistics.


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revised Formal word for 'emit anal air'?
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comment Formal word for 'emit anal air'?
Words can have spaces in them, like break wind or pass gas. Not that those are “formal”, or that fart is “informal”.
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comment Is there a noun that means “the state of being flustered”?
Why would one use flustration instead of the simpler fluster? I’m trying to think whether there is some difference between them. Your most recent citation (2000) almost looks like an error for frustration.
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answered Is there a noun that means “the state of being flustered”?
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comment Which tense do I use for an on-going event that has a connection to the past
This question appears to be off-topic because it belongs on ELL.
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comment Is the phrase “Only to later realize” correct in usage?
Since you will find no end of examples of only to later realize in published books, the question is unclear. Clearly native speakers perceive this construction as grammatical.
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comment What's the appropriate response to the “door knock” when you are in a fitting room?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about courtesy, not English.
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comment Is there a non-romantic phrase for missing someone?
@pink-diamond-square I was jesting, and in fact, didn’t even know they had attempted this.
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comment Is there a non-romantic phrase for missing someone?
@Cruncher Not to mention the sexual orientation or marital status of both parties, amongst other things.
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comment Is there a non-romantic phrase for missing someone?
This question is off-topic because it belongs on the Dating.SE site instead.
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comment I was wondering if anyone could find a literary technique in this quote from Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about literary criticism, and is too vague to boot.
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reviewed Close Where is the term clockwork used?
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reviewed Close The meaning of “you dark horse”
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reviewed Close Fixing a series of loose sentences: Strunk & White
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reviewed Close Got their wires crossed.
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reviewed Close Usage of “?” mid-sentence
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reviewed Close Adjective, “but” adjective question
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reviewed Close Correct use of year/years old
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reviewed Close Knocked up, two very different meanings. But why and how did the phrase split?