Welcome to my blog site!
(In case you’re wondering, yes, you can write it as “blogsite”, but according to that fount of all knowledge, Google, rather more people write it as two words. So, I’m following the crowd.)
If you asked either of those questions, I hope the respective posts gave you the information you wanted. If not, feel free to let me know why not.
However, as you’re now reading this page, your curiosity has clearly been piqued to find out more about the person behind the blog.
There’s a bit about me lower down, but before that I’d like to suggest – or hope – that you want to explore some other posts, which answer questions like:
Is it hone in or home in on something?
Do you spell it analyse or analyze?
Is on tenderhooks a mistake?
Which language does cockroach come from?
What is an eggcorn?
Who is the Mary in the cocktail Bloody Mary?
Who am I?
That’s a question I ask myself every morning.
But I’m sure you want a bit of background, potted CV stuff, not metaphysical musings.
In a nutshell …
How language works, with all its quirks and oddities, has always fascinated me. After university, I taught English as a foreign language.
As I think many TEFL teachers find, that gives you a different perspective on the language, almost as if you were looking at it from outside.
Later, learning Italian and Spanish gave me yet another perspective.
Much of my working life has been concerned with creating dictionaries, that is lexicography (or “lexography” as one CEO used to call it.)
As Editor-in-Chief of Collins dictionaries, I was responsible for creating dozens of dictionaries and grammars of English and other languages.
More recently, I wrote Damp Squid, a book about some trends in current English.
(I’ll give myself a little puff by saying that the eminent novelist Alexander McCall Smith called it “irresistible”.)
And most recently, Oxford University Press published my revision of the classic Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage.
Apart from blogging, I provide editing services of different kinds. I’m a Professional Member of the British organization representing editors, the SfEP (Society for Freelance Editors and Proofreaders.)
If you need some help with editing what you’re writing, feel free to give me a shout.
And if you sign up to the blog, you’ll be notified by email every time I write a new post.
Thanks for visiting!
PS: For a very funny Q & A session with Bill Bryson producing wonderful one-liners, look here.