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I am a Drupal fan, currently maintaining some modules on Drupal.org. I switched to Mac, and became a Mac fan.
When I am not on Drupal Answers (where I am moderator), Stack Overflow, Meta Stack Overflow, or English Language & Usage, I am on Drupal.org removing spam, creating patches for Drupal core, or reporting issues with the documentation.

If you are interested in Italian, Italian Language & Usage is the proposal I suggest you.


Apr
20
comment I want to refer to Bill Gates on his blog with respect in the comments section
I was addressed as sir at the JFK airport. I take American English uses sir differently.
Mar
22
comment What the gesture of sticking out the tongue signify as a body language among native English speakers?
I have never heard somebody understanding the gesture this way. I am sure my American friend would disagree with you. (I could even test it without telling her what I am testing, but I am sure she would not kiss me.)
Mar
22
comment What does “With a team” mean?
If you are asking for more details, then you are not writing an answer; it is rather a comment.
Mar
16
comment Switching pronouns mid-sentence
@PeterShor My comment was more a comment for the comment before mine. I agree there is no need to use it, in the second example made from the OP.
Feb
15
comment Correct plural form of a zero quantified noun
I would say "you need 0.5 kilograms of beans", rather than "0.5 kilogram of bean." It's half kilogram, that is true. Anyway, the question is about days, which normally is an integer value.
Oct
6
comment “Maybe” versus “perhaps”
A set phrase is "an unvarying phrase having a specific meaning, such as raining cats and dogs, or being the only context in which a word appears, e.g., aback in take aback."
Oct
2
comment A couple of quick questions related to “Messrs”
It's the New Oxford American Dictionary, the Oxford dictionary for American.
Sep
26
comment Are the names of these metrics proper nouns?
Do you mean appropriate nouns or proper nouns?
Jun
4
comment “Place the pot somewhere where it is 20–22 degrees warm.”
@SȱɳɨȼƮħeǶḝÐɠḝħȱɠ Probably it is, even if I would not call that warm, if not when the external temperature is 5 °C.
Apr
12
comment A confusing use of a negative
Since you are learning English, you could be interested in the English Language Learners Stack Exchange site.
Apr
11
comment What does “faculties” mean in the context of this Coca Cola ad?
@J.R. I got it: You meant the meaning of the word is obscure for the OP. I guess we misunderstood that part. :)
Apr
11
comment What does “faculties” mean in the context of this Coca Cola ad?
@J.R. Would not be more correct to say that ELL is for questions about English asked from English learners? I don't think faculties has in this case an obscure meaning, maybe because in Italian we say nel pieno possesso delle mie facoltà.
Dec
31
comment Using the word “Phalanx” as a title
This question seems like those questions asking for the word to use as name of a variable used in some programming language. You can use any title you want, even a not grammatical word. Just see the titles used on newspapers, and magazines: There are titles that use phrases nobody would normally use.
Dec
31
comment Font/Fount of Information?
@Carlo_R. Font, when meaning "printed characters or letters", is from late 16th century. I am not sure it would explain using font instead of fount. The NOAD says that fount is also used in British English instead of font (the type). I cannot say how often fount would be used in that case, though.
Dec
15
comment Is “geisha girl” used to refer to actual geisha?
The same misunderstanding happens in Italian. There are many Italians who think geisha means prostitute.
Dec
8
comment Usage of the future subjunctive
@jlovegren That is not about the future subjunctive.
Nov
30
comment Writing “A , so B, so C…” for series of implications
Most importantly, why does she need to know? ;)
Nov
24
comment Can a comma be used here?
I think it could be rewritten as "To my mother (Ayn Rand), and God."
Nov
24
comment Can a comma be used here?
There are cases where the serial comma causes ambiguities too, such as with "To my mother, Ayn Rand, and God." It is always possible to rewrite the phrase, whenever you are using the serial comma, or not.
Nov
24
comment Can a comma be used here?
I sent a letter to my parents, Mother Teresa and the Pope.