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just me - 4 Feb 2009 // 20:27:48

Hi Nellie,
"Your grammar is bad, you write English like you are translating from German or Dutch or some peculiar language. lol"

I think Stealthy either speaks French or, at least, speaks more French than he does English. When writing French you leave a space before the punctuation, and it isn't natural to do this if your native language is Dutch or German. They also use something that looks like these <> as quotes. I can't remember anyone else using spaces that way, so it's possible he is not a sockpuppet, but...

Just my observation,

Bill - 4 Feb 2009 // 20:42:13

just me:

FYI, Spanish uses << xxx >> as quotation marks.

xNELLIEx - 4 Feb 2009 // 21:30:48


I don't think Steal is a native French speaker, because in a previous post some time ago he wrote something in French that was even worse than his English. This leads me to suspect that he is no native speaker of French or of English. Belgians do speak a bit of French, most of them. He sounds to me very much like Dirk of old, the one who used to cry and complain about Bulgaria all the time. That's why I think he might be Belgian.

just me - 4 Feb 2009 // 22:57:43

I'll bet you are right about that guy not being a native French speaker. I don't speak French, but I've noticed that spacing thing. If I had to guess, I'd guess that his native language is one that doesn't use the Latin alphabet; and again, that his French is a little better than his English (because of the spacing thing.) I've had a few Indian and Pakistani colleagues in the past who always put a space before the period and all of them spoke French as a second or third language too. Their grammar in English was impeccable, though, so I don't think so. "Other" immigrant in Belgium? (No offense intended to anyone.)

I don't know, but it is interesting to watch the patterns you see among the various nicks. :)

Have a wonderful evening,
jm (you too, Bill! You always wonder how the working folks find so much time for forum chat. I think they're just used to more multitasking than you are these days. People are slow, computers are fast. A lot can be done.)

Dirk - 16 Apr 2009 // 21:51:08

Nellie, Kolegialen, Bill, Just Me, Stealthy,

absentem laedit qui cum ebrio litigat

Bill - 16 Apr 2009 // 22:00:53


My Latin's not quite up to that, but I'll check my dictionary later. I think I get the gist if not the details.

Don't know whether I should apologize, but I suspect so.

NellieotAmerica - 16 Apr 2009 // 22:43:28


Let me put you out of your misery:

Absentem laedit cum ebrio qui litigat=To quarrel with a drunk is to wrong a man who is not even there.

What is Dirk trying to say? We have been quarreling with him while he has been absent? I don't get it.

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