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location Salt Lake City, UT
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I like to write computer programs. I also like backpacking, bike riding, math, natural languages, books, and learning new things.

Utah is the most beautiful place on Earth.

I have ascended characters from every race and class in Nethack.

brian@utahbrian.com


Nov
28
revised Why don't Spanish words start with “sp”?
edited tags
Nov
28
answered Why don't Spanish words start with “sp”?
Nov
27
comment Internet Chat laughter in Spanish
I get a lot of these in text messages: xD. It means laughing in Spanish SMS. (The surprise is that the x doesn't mean "por.")
Nov
27
revised Etymological origin of “false friends” between Spanish and English
latin grammar
Nov
27
suggested suggested edit on Various translations of “ticket”
Nov
27
answered Etymological origin of “false friends” between Spanish and English
Nov
27
revised idioma, lengua and lenguaje
added ngram
Nov
27
revised idioma, lengua and lenguaje
deleted 3 characters in body
Nov
27
answered idioma, lengua and lenguaje
Nov
27
awarded  Organizer
Nov
27
revised No supo la respuesta
edited tags
Nov
25
comment “Fall in love with” (non-romantic)
"Cute" can be hard to translate here because English happens to have a rich and subtle vocabulary of diminutive adjectives like cute, precious, tiny, silly, pretty, little, and so on. Spanish often uses common diminutive suffixes (-ito, -cito) and a few words (see Kiko_L's answer) to accomplish the same thing but those won't be exact one-to-one matches.
Nov
25
revised Words that mean different things in the preterite
added aspect as it seems more and more important
Nov
25
comment “xq” in Internet slang/abbreviations
«xk» means the same as «xq», just as «k» means the same as «q» and both mean «que» (or «qué»). But «xD» has nothing to do with «por». Texting is hard.
Nov
23
comment Why are certain words ending in “a” masculine?
Actually, they were neuter in Latin and Greek, but Spanish doesn't observe neuterness.
Nov
23
revised Why are certain words ending in “a” masculine?
Included a little Latin and Greek. I hope it's right; it has been a long time since I was in high school.
Nov
23
comment What is the difference between different ways of expressing desire and intention?
Mexico is where I hear me toca and me late to express desire.
Nov
22
awarded  Quorum
Nov
22
comment Why should we use estar over ser for being old or fat?
I have a skinny friend who sits in the plaza with me and points to ladies, «¿Qué adivinas -- está gorda o embarazada?» and it's always estar.
Nov
22
awarded  Scholar