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Long-time Informix user and developer, experienced in C and Unix (many variants). Email: jonathan.leffler@gmail.com

Mar
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
15
answered Difference between 'obliterate' and 'eliminate'
Mar
8
answered “I have never said” versus “I never said”
Mar
8
comment Using the definite article before a country/state name
Also, I 100% agree that most countries do not get a definite article in front of them, but I didn't say that they do. Spain, France, Portugal, ... in fact, just about any European country except the ones I mentioned will not take a definite article. The Principality of Monaco would; the Vatican would; they aren't quite countries, though. You'd not say 'the North Carolina', but you might say the Carolinas (or the Dakotas), referring to both the North and South states. It tends to be 'the XXXX' when XXXX implies a number of parts. The United Arab Emirates, but Saudi Arabia or Kuwait.
Mar
8
comment Using the definite article before a country/state name
I would not have said 'The British Honduras'; it would be just 'British Honduras is now known as Belize'.
Mar
8
answered Using the definite article before a country/state name
Mar
8
revised Using the definite article before a country/state name
Fix grammar (form grammer) and the grammar
Mar
7
answered “Well-being” versus “happiness”
Mar
6
answered Where did “I tend to agree.” as a standalone statement originate?
Mar
4
comment Why do many forms ask for initials instead of full names?
@Lazer: but the form only allowed one middle name? And working out how to derive initials for O'Neill is tricky. Hence, let people choose their own.
Mar
4
revised Why do many forms ask for initials instead of full names?
added 63 characters in body
Mar
4
answered Why do many forms ask for initials instead of full names?
Mar
1
answered Why is god, a common noun, capitalized?
Mar
1
comment Usage of “p.” versus “pp.” versus “pg.” to denote page numbers and page ranges
Not forgetting the ubiquitous ibid 39.
Feb
26
revised What does 'Tear yet’ mean on the Charlie Sheen’s rant about his qualms with CBS
Fix trivial typos
Feb
24
answered How to read a year?
Feb
24
answered To have behavior?
Feb
23
revised “The world forgetting, by the world forgot.”
Update slightly.
Feb
23
comment “The world forgetting, by the world forgot.”
@ShreevatsaR: OK; I didn't read enough (any) of the context around the four lines to check whether the subject was truly Eloisa or 'the blameless vestal'; I'll update accordingly.
Feb
23
revised What should I call the English spoken in UK?
Fix spelling of the Isle of Wight