Archive for July, 2009

  • Language and words in the news – 31 July, 2009

    Posted by on July 31, 2009

    This post contains a weekly selection of links related to language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English and language change. Please contact us if you would like to submit a link for us to include. Global English Misunderstood? When […]

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  • Gongoozler – language and words in the news

    Posted by on July 30, 2009

    2009 is the year of the staycation. Many of us will choose to spend our vacation in our own country rather than in a far-flung exotic location. And if you favour boats over trains and happen to live near a canal or port you may decide to do a spot of gongoozling and turn into […]

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  • New BuzzWord: smishing

    Posted by on July 27, 2009

    Vishing … phishing … smishing – smashing! Smishing is the new BuzzWord this week on Macmillan Dictionary Online. The term, coined in 2006 by David Rayhawk, working for McAfee Inc, describes the criminal activity of sending text messages to people in order to persuade them to give personal information such as credit card details and […]

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  • Week in review: 24 July, 2009

    Posted by on July 24, 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. Please contact us if you would like to submit a link for us to include. News Stockholm reported for using too much English. Unraveling how children become bilingual […]

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  • ‘Can I get …’

    Posted by on July 22, 2009

    ‘Can I get some more paper?’ ‘Yes, it’s on the table over there – help yourself.’ This would be an unremarkable question and answer pattern but the colleague who was asked this question by several native speakers of British English recently was the invigilator of an exam and certainly did not give that response! The […]

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  • Week in review: 17 July, 2009

    Posted by on July 17, 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. Please contact us if you would like to submit a link for us to include. Blogs and columnists Steep learning curves. Does this phrase refer to the learning […]

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  • New BuzzWord: pwnd

    Posted by on July 16, 2009

    Pwnd is the new BuzzWord this week on Macmillan Dictionary Online and is an internet phenomenon originally centred on the world of gaming, but broadened out to encompass most humorous situations which involve someone winning and, more importantly, someone conspicuously losing. Parents today have it hard. They grew up being beaten by kindly but quietly […]

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  • The collective corrective

    Posted by on July 15, 2009

    Collective nouns are tricky beasts. Or is the concept of collective nouns a tricky beast? The question of whether a collective noun requires a singular or plural verb to agree with it is one many find difficult to grasp, including myself, but then I have the mighty brains of the dictionary team here to help […]

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  • Week in review: 10 July, 2009

    Posted by on July 10, 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 Early language […]

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  • Adverbs still have something to add (to verbs)

    Posted by on July 09, 2009

    Adverbs are lovely. Except lovely is an adjective. Now I love snooker, but there’s one aspect to watching it on television that drives me potty. Certain commentators on the BBC, who shall remain nameless, have got into the habit of acting as if adverbs don’t exist, continually saying such things as: “He’s hit that one […]

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