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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.


Feb
23
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
23
answered What does Chris Christie is “350 pounds of toast” mean?
Feb
23
answered In my example, comma or no comma before the word respectively?
Feb
23
revised Is a comma still required between “said” and a quote if no one actually says anything?
added 7 characters in body
Feb
23
answered Is a comma still required between “said” and a quote if no one actually says anything?
Feb
22
answered Meaning of “it turned his brain”
Feb
22
answered What does “a-building” modify?
Feb
22
answered Is it grammatically correct to say, 'studying will help me with achieving my dreams'
Feb
21
comment why do we say “she” referring to a general user of a program
Loads of evidence here: crossmyt.com/hc/linghebr/austheir.html
Feb
21
comment why do we say “she” referring to a general user of a program
Then that's just too bad.
Feb
21
comment why do we say “she” referring to a general user of a program
We do have a gender-neutral word to use. It's 'they'.
Feb
20
awarded  Popular Question
Feb
19
comment Agreement of articles and prepositions
Can't think of any. A is probably what you want. A story about Mark is one of several possible stories. The story of Mark is his one entire story.
Feb
19
comment Agreement of articles and prepositions
A if your readers don’t know which story you’re talking about. B if they do. D if you’re telling the story of his life. C only in very unusual circumstances.
Feb
19
comment Agreement of articles and prepositions
I think you should first tell us exactly what it is you want to express.
Feb
19
answered Agreement of articles and prepositions
Feb
19
awarded  possessive
Feb
18
comment Why is “underhaul” not listed in dictionaries?
I thought it might have been in the Urban Dictionary, but it isn't.
Feb
18
answered Why is “underhaul” not listed in dictionaries?
Feb
18
awarded  Good Answer