Archive for May, 2009

  • Week in review: 29 May, 2009

    Posted by on May 29, 2009

    This post contains a weekly selection of links related to English language today. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting related websites. A new weekly review post will be posted every Friday. Please contact us if you would like to submit a link for us to include. News A human […]

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  • New BuzzWord: defriend

    Posted by on May 27, 2009

    234,000 of us chose a Burger King Whopper over our friends! In January, Burger King offered a free burger to anyone who defriended ten of their Facebook contacts. The campaign did not last long. Facebook objected to users being notified they had been defriended for a tenth of a burger. To acquire a burger, though […]

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  • 'Mostly harmless' and alike. Towel Day remembers Douglas Adams

    Posted by on May 25, 2009

    You may not be aware that today is Towel Day. All around the world people remember and celebrate the creative genius of British author Douglas Adams by carrying a towel around with them. Douglas Adams did not only contribute to the literary genre of science fiction but to the English language too. Here is a […]

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  • Week in review

    Posted by on May 22, 2009

    This post contains a weekly selection of links related to English language today. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting related websites. A new weekly review post will be posted every Friday. Please contact us if you would like to submit a link for us to include. News Language rated […]

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  • New BuzzWord: Jade effect

    Posted by on May 21, 2009

    ‘The term Jade effect is a media creation based on an emerging productive pattern in English. The X effect, where X is a proper noun corresponding to someone in the public eye, describes a tendency for people to do a particular thing because they have taken inspiration from said person X.’

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  • In the news – bachelorette

    Posted by on May 20, 2009

    If you are a fan of reality TV shows (I’m not exactly!), then you’ll be happy to hear that a new series of Bachelorette has started. This mainly American English term is not new of course, but it’s seen many synonyms and probably more antonyms emerge of late. You only need to scan our Open […]

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  • Purses & wallets: corpus sex differences

    Posted by on May 18, 2009

    In the English class, teachers can make use of internet search engines to answer students’ linguistic queries such as: “Which is more common – look after yourself or take care of yourself?” In the following pie chart, figures refer to the number of Google hits obtained by running a web search of these two items: […]

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  • Week in review

    Posted by on May 15, 2009

    This post contains a weekly selection of links related to English language today. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting related websites. A new weekly review post will be posted every Friday. Please contact us if you would like to submit a link for us to include. News Immigrant women […]

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  • BuzzWord: swine flu

    Posted by on May 15, 2009

    Swine flu is the new BuzzWord on Macmillan Online Dictionary. For further reading on swine flu, see the links below. We welcome any comments on the latest BuzzWord article. Tourists who catch swine flu offered free Mexico holidays. Swine flu ‘fun’ facts. Laurie Garrett on lessons from the 1918 flu. Pulitzer winner Laurie Garrett gave […]

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  • Pwn leet: a dynamic sublanguage and internet phenomenon. Part 2.

    Posted by on May 14, 2009

    Language changes faster than most of us can keep up with. The average person has a vocabulary of about 50,000 words, so with the much hyped arrival of the millionth word in the English language, we all have a lot of work to do. Let’s start with pwn. This is the second of two posts […]

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