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location Paris, France
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Born a Frenchman, addicted to the BBC (wherever I live bloom satellite dishes), I have spent several years in the UK (specifically Richmond (I said "UK" )) as well as in Italy (Naples (I said "Italy")). Currently based in Dubai (UAE).

An electronic Engineer by formation and an IT/Telecom professional by occupation, I've had the opportunity to work in many countries (Saudi Arabia, China mainland and Taiwan, Romania, Spain, Ghana, the Netherlands, Brazil, United States, Panama, Dominican Rep., Tunisia, Turkey, Syria and a few others).

Raised by a German au pair at 5, having done my military duty in Germany, I've always been fascinated by languages in general and etymology in particular and my occupation has provided me with several opportunities to indulge in this hobby. I started to learn several languages and still can understand a few of them: including English, Italian and Spanish. The latter allowing me to communicate with my son (see avatar), my wife and my in-laws.

Other accounts I have in the stackexchange family include stackoverflow and programmers.

If you wish to contact me, please feel free to do so using my email/chat account which is alain dot pannetier at gmail dot com.


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comment Left (ひだり) and right (みぎ) as cardinal directions
@AlbeyAmakiir. Let's say orientate is more common in BrE and orient in AmE. Yet both the Oxford English Dictionary and the Merriam-Webster list both verbs as equivalent. Same case as administrate/administer and comment/commentate. All these do exist and already do (or will in due time) differenti -ate whereas I merely beg to differ.
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comment Left (ひだり) and right (みぎ) as cardinal directions
Now that you mention the orientation of the Imperial palace in Kyoto, Beijing's forbidden city comes to mind as well. And the same holds true as you mention for antic 长安. I would however be inclined to believe that the orientation of houses and palaces is dictated by feng shui, which I remind you means literally wind/water (風水) because it's probably a better idea to have your entrance opened towards the south if the north wind brings rain inside. Which is possibly a reasonable (albeit practical rather than sacred) explanation for my question. Thanks for your help.
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