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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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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Use of possessive adjectives in English
Aug
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reviewed Reject suggested edit on where should we use has/have been and had been?
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reviewed Reject suggested edit on When to use “have” vs. ”get”
Feb
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Proper use of “TV”
Feb
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on What does “Easy peasy japanesey” mean?
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reviewed Reject suggested edit on “much too [something]” vs “too much [something]”
Jan
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reviewed Reject suggested edit on Greeting: “Cold enough for you?”
May
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is it “5–6 weeks are a lot of time” or “5–6 weeks is a lot of time”?
May
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Phrase for ending up paying for having done a favor
May
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on 'I got a dream' vs. 'I dreamt'
Apr
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Origin of the expression “to run roughshod over someone”
Apr
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on '… the weather' vs. '… weather'
Apr
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on 'Made of' vs. 'Made from'
Apr
24
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Which English word has the greatest number of distinct definitions?
Feb
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is “Trees are the right height” an established phrase? What does it mean?
Jan
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on “Existence” in English and Persian
Jan
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Does “bend over backwards” have bad meaning?
Jan
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Etymology of “sh**hole”
Jan
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Meaning of “The Lord is on our side”
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Present perfect and simple past