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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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awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
11
comment Addressing Professors: Between Dr. and a hard place
Not really an answer, but you may like to know that in British universities, the title 'Professor' is given only to heads of academic departments. It's a very senior position.
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11
answered Is “fastly” a correct word?
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answered The verb “to get” + particle …?
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answered “Past” or “passed”?
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revised Usage of the definite articles with personal names
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11
answered More formal word for “mover and shaker”
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11
answered Preposition used after “do”
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11
answered Usage of the definite articles with personal names
Dec
11
awarded  phrases
Dec
10
comment “Newly found” vs. “New Found”
@ShawnHolmes: Kind of you to say so.
Dec
10
revised What's the origin of the phrase “what have you”?
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10
reviewed Approve What are the reflective thingies called in English?
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answered What's the origin of the phrase “what have you”?
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10
revised Post-fixing or pre-fixing “mind you” onto an informative/descriptive statement
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10
revised Dialects where days of the week end with “dee”?
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answered Dialects where days of the week end with “dee”?
Dec
10
comment Grammar of 'dare' in this example
+1 for the answer, but I'd just add that I tend to punctuate such sentences as 'The pizza was nice but - dare I say it? - the salad was awful.'
Dec
10
answered Post-fixing or pre-fixing “mind you” onto an informative/descriptive statement
Dec
10
awarded  grammatical-number