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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
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
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 “Studying will help me with achieving my dreams” grammatical?
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'.