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I’m Tom Christiansen, author of Programming Perl and Perl Cookbook from O’Reilly. I work for Grant Street Group, who are always looking to hire more Perl programmers.

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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answered Is majoritively a word?
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revised Can one ever say for certain a word does not exist?
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comment Noun for the desire to sleep?
Yes, you could certainly do that, although I am not sure how to do so in a way that requests clarification on or sheds light upon the question asked. But feel free to try.
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comment Noun for the desire to sleep?
No, the OP requested a noun that means one desires to go to sleep. What you have responded with is not subject to volition; it just happens, no matter whether one wants it to or not.
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reviewed Close What's the meaning of spin in “Don't hide behind spin”?
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reviewed Close Meaning of Evenly distributed
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comment Omitting subject or be verb in the second clause
This question appears to be off-topic because it is based on the false assumption that at least one of the choices presented is correct, when in fact not one of them is.
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revised Was the pronunciation of “symmetry” different in the past?
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comment Which word(s) are considered to be spelled the least phonetically?
Nothing in English is spelled phonetically. See here for some examples of funny surnames.
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revised Using adjectives after verbs?
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reviewed Leave Closed Should Stranger (with capital S) be in the OED?
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reviewed Leave Open Would the slang version, yessir, of yes, sir, be deemed as derogatory, offensive, or simply disrespectful to someone your senior?
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comment Using adjectives after verbs?
@ScotM I never mentioned shocked.
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