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en-GB This user is a native speaker of British English.
da-1 Denne bruger har et grundlæggende kendskab til dansk.
de-1 Dieser Benutzer hat grundlegende Deutschkenntnisse.
nl-1 Deze gebruiker heeft elementaire kennis van het Nederlands.
nb-2 Denne brukeren har ganske god kjennskap til bokmål.
nn-1 Denne brukaren har litt kjennskap til nynorsk.
sv-1 Denna användare har grundläggande kunskaper i svenska.
grc-0 Ὅδε ὁ χρήστης οὐ κατανοεῖ τὴν ἀρχαίαν ἑλληνικήν.
la-0 Hic usuarius aut nullam aut paucam linguam latinam intellegere potest.
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Current status: retired, widower.

I tend to specialise in English, British English in particular, as well as Norwegian translations, and occasionally Danish and Swedish.

I am a firm believer in the British -ise spellings. These are used as far afield as New Zealand, where I was born, brought up and educated. As a result I have used them all my life. Moreover, one hardly ever sees the -ize spellings being used in Britain, where I live now.

There are British spellings I don't use: I prefer enthrall instead of enthral, and distill instead of distil.


A useful referenceEdit

This is a useful reference for checking between Bokmål and Nynorsk words and spellings: [1]. Lexin also has audio for both Bokmål and Nynorsk words, which is really handy.

Milestones: Number of pages created:Edit

35,001 (as of 14 September 2016)
40,001 (11 April 2017)
45,004 (17 January 2018)
50,003 (22 August 2018)
55,004 (7 February 2019)
58,005 (9 June 2019)

Nominations for Word of the DayEdit

There are probably some others I have forgotten about.

A wee bit of nonsenseEdit

Q: What is an escapea? A: A pea that escapes from the dinner plate.

Photo galleryEdit

Don't bother going around a roundabout, just go straight across it. A scene from Oslo.
"Does my bum look big in this?" She is in her birthday suit.
ATSF Mallett compound engine, Winslow AZ. I would have loved to have seen one of these long beasts in action, apparently the design was unsuccessful.
Kings Cross, Sydney, Australia in 1934. Sydney had two separate trolleybus routes, as well as trams (the tram rails can be seen here). Both trams and trolleybuses disappeared a long time ago.
The best photo I can find of a turntable for 4-wheeled wagons, which looks as though it might work. I can remember these in my home town on sidings serving wool and grain stores.
Akaroa Harbour around 1840
A street sign in leafy suburbia - Hampton, Greater London
Why does the Hawaiian flag has a Union Jack on it; Captain Cook's revenge perhaps? No, it was apparently due to strong British influence there before the American takeover.

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United States county indexEdit

This is a poor substitute for a deleted category which worked perfectly.