Coding with the enemy – English is a bit like html. There is a standard, but not everyone understands it, and there are a number of slightly incompatible implementations.This is most obvious in spoken English where accents, and idioms vary wildly causing mutual incomprehension.The last time I was in the USA, I had the following conversation in a restaurant:Me: Can I have a coke pleaseWaitress: I’m sorry, what did you want?Me: A coca cola pleaseWaitress: I didn’t quite get that. What did you want?Me (using the British technique of speaking slowly and loudly so the natives understand): A COCA COLA PLEASEWaitress ...
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