Dr. Dobb's is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Channels ▼

Matthew Wilson

Dr. Dobb's Bloggers

Why does Bing think I've gone home?

November 24, 2009

In the interests of fairness - not to mention my dislike of unchallenged monopolies - I decided to give Bing a chance. Only problem is, it thinks I've gone home. Could it be my grammar?

As an émigré from the UK to Australia, I am très content with my home of the last decade and a half, and have adjusted in a number of important ways: a tolerance of cold beer, an equal despite of both sides of politics, and most particularly the ability to ride my bike just about every day of the year. Do I miss the Yorkshire weather? I think not!

Nonetheless, there are a couple of snags to my assimilation. First, as someone who doesn't eat former walking things, I don't own a barbie, and have no skills to lend when the communal barbie is being manned. (And, yes, the masculine "manned" is apposite here: Australian society is strictly delineated down the sexual divide when it comes to the roasting of meat.)

My only other serious lack of fit pertains to the use of the, ahem, English language. I'm constantly getting into scraps with my Australian friends, wife, sons, et. al. as I attempt to parse their puzzling grammatical and linguistic idioms - plural issues, the weird footballers' tense, confusion between acronyms and initialisms, use of ize for ise, and so on - all the while dodging the answering blows, books, barbs flying back at me, from people (rightly) aggrieved at the pompous prig in their midst. I just can't seem to get it through my thick head that I'm living in a country that speaks en-AU, and not en-GB. But I'm tryin', Ringo. I'm trying real hard.

So it was with glee that when I hit www.bing.com from my home (Sydney, Australia) today that it offered me the world, or the world from the United Kingdom. Check out the screen shot.

My question is: How did they know?!


Related Reading

More Insights

Currently we allow the following HTML tags in comments:

Single tags

These tags can be used alone and don't need an ending tag.

<br> Defines a single line break

<hr> Defines a horizontal line

Matching tags

These require an ending tag - e.g. <i>italic text</i>

<a> Defines an anchor

<b> Defines bold text

<big> Defines big text

<blockquote> Defines a long quotation

<caption> Defines a table caption

<cite> Defines a citation

<code> Defines computer code text

<em> Defines emphasized text

<fieldset> Defines a border around elements in a form

<h1> This is heading 1

<h2> This is heading 2

<h3> This is heading 3

<h4> This is heading 4

<h5> This is heading 5

<h6> This is heading 6

<i> Defines italic text

<p> Defines a paragraph

<pre> Defines preformatted text

<q> Defines a short quotation

<samp> Defines sample computer code text

<small> Defines small text

<span> Defines a section in a document

<s> Defines strikethrough text

<strike> Defines strikethrough text

<strong> Defines strong text

<sub> Defines subscripted text

<sup> Defines superscripted text

<u> Defines underlined text

Dr. Dobb's encourages readers to engage in spirited, healthy debate, including taking us to task. However, Dr. Dobb's moderates all comments posted to our site, and reserves the right to modify or remove any content that it determines to be derogatory, offensive, inflammatory, vulgar, irrelevant/off-topic, racist or obvious marketing or spam. Dr. Dobb's further reserves the right to disable the profile of any commenter participating in said activities.

Disqus Tips To upload an avatar photo, first complete your Disqus profile. | View the list of supported HTML tags you can use to style comments. | Please read our commenting policy.