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I have spent most of my career in government service, much of it abroad. I have a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford and the Diploma in English Language Studies from the UK's Open University, and am qualified as a teacher of English to foreign learners. I have studied several other languages including French, German, Latin, Arabic and Old and Middle English.

My blog, Caxton, is mostly, but not entirely, about the English language.

Elsewhere on the web I have attempted to write in the constrained style of the 'Ouvroir de littérature potentielle' (OULIPO) in Variations on an Incident in Paris and in Variations on Jane Austen. I have also created a full set of 256 Syllogisms by figure and mood and showing which are valid and which are not.


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revised Does one capitalize “communism” and “communist”?
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answered Is “looking to” acceptable English in this use?
Dec
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answered Is “must” ever grammatical as a past tense verb?
Dec
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answered Does one capitalize “communism” and “communist”?
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revised Is there an adverb for “simplified”?
Corrected spelling
Dec
8
answered Meaning of “Rubber stamp”
Dec
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comment Meaning of the phrase “squeeze water from a stone”
It is wasted effort, but the expression is not used to meant that. The emphais is on the difficulty of the operation.
Dec
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answered Meaning of the phrase “squeeze water from a stone”
Dec
7
comment Is there a name for the phobia of not having access to the internet?
@Danielδ: Too obvious.
Dec
7
comment Is there a name for the phobia of not having access to the internet?
@Danielδ: The Latin for 'net' is 'rete'.
Dec
7
answered Is there a name for the phobia of not having access to the internet?
Dec
7
comment “Grit” vs “gritted”
Is there perhaps a difference between the two meanings of ‘grit’? ‘He grit his teeth’, but ‘Because of the heavy snowfall overnight, they gritted the road early the following morning.’
Dec
7
answered What is a noun modifying clause?
Dec
7
revised Why did “insofar” become a word, not “insofaras”?
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answered Why did “insofar” become a word, not “insofaras”?
Dec
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revised “Grit” vs “gritted”
Word substitution
Dec
7
answered Passive clauses without auxiliaries
Dec
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comment What is the difference between nominative and accusative case?
@FumbleFingers: Not for the genitive, though.
Dec
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answered Using “any” with positive sentence
Dec
7
comment “Making casts of the melted spaces”
Try looking under 'cast (noun)' rather than 'cast (verb)'.