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I'm a developer from Takoma Park, MD.

At the office, I work on MSSQL, C#, VB.NET, Javascript, ASP.NET.

At home, I'm a vegan, a sci-fi fan, dabble in foreign languages and enjoy book clubs.

I will try to up vote everyone who answers me and I thank everyone who has freely given me some of their time to answer my various questions.


Apr
11
comment My English translator capitalizes every noun. Is it correct?
It's style, like other say. To me, it makes it look like German.
Dec
19
comment When is it appropriate to end a sentence in a preposition?
@Mari-LouA I tracked down the link on archive.org -- although archive.org can be flaky too.
Oct
9
comment The dark dot in your eye
Just in case anyone gets here via google-- if you see a really large number of these all of a sudden, that can be a sign of retinal detachment and would be a good time to visit an ophthalmologists-- it's one of those things that can lead to blindness if not fixed within hours. Occasional floaters happen to everyone and aren't as interesting.
Jan
21
comment What does the end of sentence “eh” tag mean in Canadian English?
This is a really, really common Canadian mannerism. I've met Canadians that do this genuinely, that do this in jest, and it is a what comedians seize on when imitating Canadians. I just have never lived in Canada (or along the Canada-US border), so I'm not sure what it means.
Jan
25
comment Is ‘Trust-but-verify’ a frequently quoted word?
Do-vyer-yai, no pro-vyer-yai.
Sep
7
comment Can answering questions on Stack Exchange sites be called volunteer work?
Interesting philosophical viewpoint (that volunteering needs to be unpleasant tasks), but not really representative of the colloquial English usage.
Sep
2
comment Is the meaning of the acronym “FAQ” generally understood?
Strictly by voting, I'd say that the comment to the immediate above this one was rather useful. However, the one immediately below it is not.
Aug
27
comment How bad is the f-word, really?
Re: whom-- That's prescriptive grammar, also known as conlanging or language revival since that is a Old/Middle English rule. I'll use whom when we bring back the þ and the ð Citation: books.google.com/…
Aug
13
comment Is “non-vegetarian” a correct word?
Can you use these in sample sentences?
Aug
13
comment Why do words like “expectorate” sound more posh than words like “spit”?
@JSBangs, not necessarily. If cuss words are loan words (or vica versa) then the cuss words will have different phonotactic rules. If hypothetically all the non-cuss words were from Japanese, they'd all be CVCV.
Aug
12
comment How bad is the f-word, really?
Proto-Indo-European
Aug
10
comment Favourite untranslatables
IMHO, the flip side of this would be a valid question-- how does one express foo (foo being a word from language X that roughly means ...)
Aug
9
comment Are there diagnostic tests to distinguish between proper and common nouns?
These look like exceptions... #1. the elves. (or elves) #2. father. (or my father)
Aug
6
comment In what ways is Appalachian speech closer to Elizabethan English than contemporary British?
Ah, another factoid that was too fun to be completely true.
Aug
6
comment What manual of style should I use for technical writing for US Federal Government documents?
Shoot, I can't edit comments. Anyhow factual error in my comment. Chicago Style is a tool of the trade of a University Press in Chicago. Associated Press Stylebook is the tool of trade of journalists in the US.
Aug
6
comment What manual of style should I use for technical writing for US Federal Government documents?
@Torgamus. I disagree, your comment would make a good meta question though. Someday someone is going to ask a question about the Chicago Style Guide or try to answer a question by appeal to it. Should we close those for being related to the tools of the trade of a journalist?
Aug
5
comment When is it appropriate to end a sentence in a preposition?
Interesting, looks like the result of topic fronting. Topic fronting causes all sort of weird sentences, e.g. "Now beans, I like."