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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.


Mar
3
comment Is “legit” a legitimate word?
Probably, just like natural, final and monthly.
Mar
3
comment Is there any word for the person who is running the business of “Prostitution”?
The OED's fifth definition of madam is 'a female brothel-keeper'. It has been so used since the late nineteenth century.
Mar
3
answered Is there any word for the person who is running the business of “Prostitution”?
Mar
2
revised Plural subject - singular object
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Mar
2
answered Plural subject - singular object
Mar
1
answered Origin and Impact of “Blown” Meaning “Bloom”
Feb
28
comment “Napkin” vs. “tissue”
And toilet roll is just a pretentious, contrived way of saying bog paper.
Feb
27
comment Is “legit” a legitimate word?
Correct. Thanks for answering.
Feb
27
comment Subject-verb agreement with “Some” as the subject
It should. Now amended. Thank you.
Feb
27
revised Subject-verb agreement with “Some” as the subject
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Feb
27
awarded  Good Answer
Feb
27
awarded  is-it-a-word
Feb
26
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
26
answered Is “legit” a legitimate word?
Feb
24
comment How would you describe the semantic phenomenon that allows this joke?
@FumbleFingers. Yes, I think I meant the grammatical function. I had in mind Mitch's answer, which I didn't think quite was quite right. John has explained it fully. Anyway, it's a pretty feeble joke.
Feb
24
answered How would you describe the semantic phenomenon that allows this joke?
Feb
24
comment What does the word “pass” really mean in this context?
ahlan wa sahlan.
Feb
24
answered What does the word “pass” really mean in this context?
Feb
23
awarded  Enlightened
Feb
23
awarded  Nice Answer