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    Post Term clarification needed

    Hello,
    I want to get help from someone who is native English. I am almost clear with one term but i am still a bit confused.
    For example, if i am Software or website programmer, will it be ok if i call myself "techie" or "techies" to a group in context where services of web or software development are being offered?
    What would be the difference between ["tech", "techs"] and ["techie" , "techies"] ?
    Which one would represent a feel of technical or software expert or convey such message about subject or company to readers?

    Finally, how would you rate my English by giving score or percentage ;)

    Thanks in advance to all who add their valuable responses.

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    Default Re: Term clarification needed

    As an NES but not a teacher, I would be very wary of using the term "techie" as, to me, the term equates to "technician" I.e. a hardware specialist. I would suggest that you should not use a term to describe your skills if you are unsure of other's perception of your intended meaning.

    If you are a software/website programmer/specialist why not just say so?

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    Default Re: Term clarification needed

    Quote Originally Posted by infoseeker View Post
    Hello,
    I want to get help from someone who is a native English speaker. I am almost clear with on one term but I am still a bit confused.
    For example, if I am a software or website programmer, will is it be ok OK if I call myself "techie" or "techies" to a group in a context where services of web or software development are being offered?
    What would be the difference between (square brackets not required)"tech"/"techs" and "techie"/"techies"?
    Which one would represent give a the feel of a technical or software expert or convey such a message about a subject or a company to readers?

    Finally, how would you rate my English (by giving a score or percentage). ;)

    Thanks in advance to all who add their valuable responses.

    Thanks.
    The word "techie" can have a negative connotation in BrE - it's a little like "nerd" or "geek". Having said that, I used to hear the people in the IT department at my old job refer to themselves as "techies" but I think they did it with a little humour. "Tech" is a little different. As long as people already knew that some kind of computer work was involved, saying "I have to contact the tech guys" or "I'll call the tech department" would be understood to mean "the department which deals with technology".

    Your English isn't bad - I'm not going to give a score or percentage. There is far too little for us to work on for that. I will say that you need to look at your use of articles (or, in your case, your non-use of them).

    Remember to capitalise the word "I" at all times.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Term clarification needed

    Yes. As emsr2d2 says, if you have a computer problem, you call the IT technicians (IT "techs").
    They would install new hardware and install, setup and maintain any necessary programs.

    I would not normally, however, expect them to write/modify programs at the detailed programming level.
    For that, I would need to talk to a systems analyst/programmer - to ensure the changes didn't have any adverse side effects.
    From what you have said, I would expect you to fall into this (higher skilled) category.

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