As I’ve said previously I can’t help it if you think it is fiction. It’s not. Yet nothing I do or write can suddenly change that perception if you have made up your mind. I’m an anonymous newbie that prefers to keep my nationality secret, so I know that my credibility must be low. I’m too happy right now to really care if people just think it’s a hoax, I’m not offended. It’s your opinion and you are entitled to it, still I want to address some of your points Futile Gesture if that’s okay:
**Screwbald claims to be a North European. But his writing is littered with Americanisms viz: **
**-soccer, sweatpants, parking lot, ass, prom, mom, professor (when he means lecturer), school (when he means either College or University), stove, humor. **
Yes, it’s littered with American words and expressions. Watching American TV shows and movies all your life affects your vocabulary for better or worse. If you look through my posts you will probably find British words and expressions too. I prefer American though, because that’s what I’m most comfortable with.
**You could argue that’s just because he’s learnt American English, but he also mentions his shoe size: 11. Now unless he has incredibly small feet, which he claims he hasn’t, he’s also helpfully translated his shoe size from European to either US or UK sizes without so much as a blink. Sound likely? **
I haven’t translated anything, both the US and the European sizes are written inside my shoe. Vans old-school by the way. My European size is 45, kind of big for a guy my height. Since the majority of posters on this board are American I went with the American size to prevent confusion.
**Now also consider an 18 year old who casually drops the following into conversation;
Rubriks (sic) Cube, 80s metal, JR Ewing.**
The Rubriks cube is a widely known cultural phenomenon, like the yo-yo and Pokemon. Bad 80’s hair metal, well you can’t escape it no matter how hard you try. It lives on forever on the radio and continues to pester decent human beings to this very day. I believe Bon Jovi was more of an early 90’s thing though, so I guess I was wrong there. Like bad 80’s hair metal bad 80’s soaps still roam the land like a plague upon man. Most people know who JR Ewing is even if they are young. Well at least I do but then again I watch a lot of TV. And seriously her dad really looks like JR. It’s spooky.
**Then we have the curious issue of “muscular tanned shoulders” and beach tans in general. In coastal Northern Europe in early May? I don’t think so. Nor is it overly likely that someone would be in a habit of dressing in pyjama ‘pants’ (another Americanism) and not be extremely cold. Southern Europe maybe, but we’re talking about Northern European weather in the middle of winter (the time Skewbald first mentioned it). **
She was on holiday in Portugal in the Easter with her father and his girlfriend. I mentioned it somewhere earlier in that thread. And also as most girls her age she’s a regular patron at the solarium. It’s not really that cold where I live, I think we had snow fall just once this past winter. I’ve seen girls wear far skimpier clothing than that in the wintertime.
**And then in a completely different thread he brings up a minor American punk band from the early 1980s, and gives the price of their music in ‘bucks’. **
I recommend the band Minor Threat in an old punk recommendation thread in Café Society. That band was not just a minor band, in my opinion it was one of the best hardcore bands ever. Its influence can still be heard today. I grew up with punk from the age of twelve. I watched skateboard movies and got hooked on the music. So I know a thing or two about that genre even though the best bands broke up before I was even born. I wrote bucks instead of dollars because it sounds cooler. That’s what I paid when I bought it of the web a couple of years ago.
I hope I don’t come off as defensive or hostile, I just felt like commenting on your post.