Day: September 7, 2016

What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever said in a foreign language by accident?

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Posted in categories: Personal

My Russian is rudimentary. I was a PhD student. There was another PhD student, from Moscow. She was a single mum. She did not want any unwelcome attention, so she went with the cover story that she was married, and the fella was back in Moscow. I did IT oddjobs in the department. In fact, […]

I have two accounts on Quora. One is with my original identity and other fake. I feel more comfortable in the fake account. Why is it so?

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Posted in categories: Culture, Quora

People are very, very used to pseudonymity on the Internet. Pseudonymy is the norm on bulletin boards and blog comments, and it’s pretty common with blogs too. This is not just cowardice or trollery; this is actually a cultural norm. One I noticed in the blogs whose comment section I’d frequent—especially how people I developed […]