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bio website colinmackay.co.uk
location West Lothian, Scotland
age 39
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Was C# MVP (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), and Code Project MVP (for 5 years). I'm on the committee of Scottish Developers (a user group running software development events in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee and Aberdeen). Co-organiser of DDD Scotland (now probably the largest community grass-roots software development conference in Scotland.) and DunDDD (it's smaller Tayside offshoot)

If you are in Scotland look out for our upcoming events and conferences at http://scottishdevelopers.com


Jan
30
comment Is this sentence grammatical?
@StoneyB It looks like a sentence to me. It may not be the best structured sentence, but it has a verb (to hold) and a subject (the formulas). "The formulas hold" is enough to make it a sentence. In fact, just the word "hold" on its own would be enough to make it a sentence. It would be quite a commanding sentence. "Hold!"
Jan
30
comment Is there a word for replacing foreign words with English substitutes?
Linguistic Purity sounds insane. Where would you stop. If you take it to the extreme what would be left? IIRC, Almost all words ending in -tion were imported from French, for example.
Dec
30
awarded  Popular Question
Sep
10
awarded  Yearling
Sep
10
answered Is there a word that describes the separation of dollars and cents?
Sep
10
awarded  Teacher
Sep
10
answered What exactly does this “play a country song backwards” joke mean?
Jul
31
awarded  Caucus
Nov
24
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
14
awarded  Student
Nov
14
comment “Ironic” vs “ironical”
Interesting. From your link: "Burchfield suggests that the choice is "governed by the rhythm of the sentence"; it's my conjecture that this is more true in Britain than America, where, it seems to me, 'ironic' clearly prevails in all contexts." This suggests that "ironical" is more used in British English according to rhythm. Being British this amused me as I had thought, perhaps badly assumed, "ironical" was more an American affectation.
Nov
13
asked “Ironic” vs “ironical”
Aug
18
comment What should I call the English spoken in UK?
I would also add word usage differences as well when talking about British English, but in its written form the spelling differences are probably most noticable.
Aug
17
awarded  Supporter
Aug
16
comment Is it correct to call an Apple Mac computer a PC (Personal Computer)
What about for Linux?
Aug
16
comment What is the name of the first decade in a century?
I would have said that the "nineteen hundreds" refers to the entire century, not the first decade of it.
Aug
13
awarded  Autobiographer