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Location North America.svg This user resides in
North America
Flag of New England 1686.svg This user is a proud New Englander.
Wiki90s.png This user is a child of the '90s.
Majority ≠ right This user recognises that even if 300,000,000 people make the same mistake, it's still a mistake.
its This user understands the difference between its (of it) and it's (it is or it has).
Thou/Ye This user wants to resurrect the T–V distinction in English.
This user supports the use of gender-neutral language when it reasonably exists as an alternative to a common gendered word.
snuk This user says snuck.
"There's" with a plural subject This user knows that "there's" with a plural subject is a pervasive grammatical error. There's There are too many people making this mistake. Don't be one of them.

to / too / two This user thinks that too many people have no idea how to use words that they should have learned in grade two.

than / then This user understands the difference between using "than" and "then."

their / there / they're This user thinks that there are too many people who don’t know that they're worse than their own children at spelling!
your/ you’re This user thinks that if your grammar is incorrect, then you’re in need of help.
much & many This user understands the difference between much & many.

ain't nobody This user hates seeing double negatives clutter up the English language. He/she wants to stomp it out no matter what it takes.
you one This user knows that one should not use "you" in encyclopedia articles or other formal works.
y'all This user thinks that y'all serves not as a second-person plural pronoun, but rather as a confusing and ambiguous second-person pronoun, and as such would like to see it disappear from the English language entirely.
Wiktionary-logo-51px.gif This user uses Wiktionary as their primary dictionary.

LE-0 This individual still maintains a shred of dignity in this insane world by adhering to correct spelling, grammar, punctuation and capitalisation.

This user has full understanding of the Katakana or Hiragana.

This user's style of spelling resembles the standard used throughout the Commonwealth of Nations more so than it does any other spelling standard for the English language. However, this user takes various factors into account when spelling a word; particularly its etymology.
SI-0 This user thinks that the metric system is unnecessary and antitraditionalistic.
ft-lb-oz-°F This user prefers US customary units.
Thomas-Cranmer-ez cropped.jpg This contributor useth Early Modern English as a liturgical language.

NP This user is not affiliated with a party.
This user believes in and worships the one true god named Yahweh.
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Guild of Copy Editors.
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Lubuntu.svg This user contributes using
Lubuntu, but is neither a geek nor a nerd.

Hello, I am Tharthan (IPA: [θɑːɹθən]). I hail from "New England", a region in the northeastern United States of America (though, due to my personal disagreements with how the United States is currently being run, I would prefer if you would refrain from referring to me as an "American." "New Englander" is much more preferable.) The dialects of English that are spoken in New England differ quite a bit from the speech, spelling and wordstock of other North American English dialects. I personally speak a Southeastern New England dialect of English, though idiolectally I lack the wine-whine merger. In addition, I maintain a partial lack of the horse-hoarse merger, I realise /ʊ/ as something close to /ɵ/, I realise /ʌ/ as something close to /ɐ/), I realise /ɑ/ as something in between /ɑ/ and /ä/ (/ɑ̈/?), I have no /a/ phoneme (except maybe in the /aʊ/ diphthong); /æ/ takes its place, and I often realise /ɒ/ as (my) "/ʌ/".

In addition to all of the above, I am an Anglo-Saxon linguistic purist to the extent that I will opt for obscure loan translations and/or cognates from/to (words in) other Germanic languages (i.e. "ice bear") over Latinates (unless the Latinates were present in Old English. Exceptions may occur under my discretion, however, as I will use the word "faith" for instance, even though it was borrowed into English in very early Middle English, because it went through the d → th sound change that altered many native English words, and [when affixed] it is affixed with native English prefixes and suffixes). That said, I may use a word derived from Latin that is ultimately Germanic in origin (i.e. "seize"), or use back-formations/other derivations of words derived from Latin that are of Germanic origin if I find the general word in question to not have too much of a Latin influence (i.e. I won't use "burglar", but I will use "burgle", I won't use "mushroom", but I will use blends or the like that are prefixed with "mush-" in reference to mushrooms). However, much of the aforementioned doesn't apply to my Wikipedia contributions, but rather to other things I do, like my poetry.

My contributions on Wikipedia are lain in the fields of linguistics, history, and folklore, though I also sometimes improve word definitions, make spelling and grammar fixes, insert word etymologies into articles, remove blatant lies from articles, and a few other things.

I am much more active on Wiktionary, where I contribute to New England dialectal pronunciation, word etymology, dialectal wordstock (regarding all languages), translation improvement (regarding all languages), word definition improvement, blatant lie removal, grammar fixes, and also (occasionally) discussion of linguistic oddities and queries on talk pages.