Archive for August, 2009

  • Language and words in the news – 28 August, 2009

    Posted by on August 28, 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 UK: Cor […]

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  • Crunch creep – language and words in the news

    Posted by on August 27, 2009

    Crunch creep is the new BuzzWord this week on Macmillan Online Dictionary. About a year ago (on 31st July 2008) the BBC’s Magazine Monitor started a series on the ‘unlikely byproducts of the credit crunch’ and the list has been growing steadily since. It is hardly surprising that in the current economic climate the Crunch […]

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  • Fry’s English Delight – Hallo

    Posted by on August 26, 2009

    BBC Radio 4 has started a new series on the English language, titled Fry’s English Delight. In the third and final programme, which you can listen to below, Fry explores the word hallo. With the help of language experts Fry takes a look at the origins of the word and how its meaning has changed […]

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  • In the news – making your mark

    Posted by on August 24, 2009

    The British attempt to break the longest-standing land speed record continues in the Mojave Desert, USA this week, after a series of disappointing failures. The team’s steam car, Inspiration, is fondly known as ‘the fastest kettle in the world’, a nickname that raises some interesting mental images! It has already unofficially beaten the 127mph steam […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 21 August, 2009

    Posted by on August 21, 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. Language and words in […]

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  • Speedcubing – language and words in the news

    Posted by on August 20, 2009

    Speedcubing is the new BuzzWord this week on Macmillan Online Dictionary. Speedcubing is about solving a Rubik’s Cube at speed. We had a Rubik’s Cube at primary school, which seemed an odd and cruel place for it, although perhaps the teachers were hoping a prodigy might come along, and you have to catch those really […]

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  • Fry’s English Delight – Pronunciation

    Posted by on August 19, 2009

    BBC Radio 4 has started a new series on the English language, titled Fry’s English Delight. In the second programme, which you can listen to below, Fry explores the subject of pronunciation. He is joined by experts of communication skills and elocution to dicuss the power of proper pronunciation. The radio broadcast will be available […]

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  • Mischievous and grievous

    Posted by on August 18, 2009

    Are you a practical joker? Is April Fools Day your favorite day of the year? Are you accused of being devilish, impish, naughty, puckish, rascally, or mischievous? If you feel like you’re on top of the world and want to cause some mischief, you might say that you’re mischievous. I have been accused of being […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 14 August, 2009

    Posted by on August 14, 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. Language and words in […]

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  • Fry’s English Delight

    Posted by on August 13, 2009

    BBC Radio 4 has started a new series on the English language, titled Fry’s English Delight. In the first programme, which you can listen to below, Fry looks at how ‘wrong English’ can become ‘right English’. Or, in his words (cue Star Trek theme music), ‘to boldly go into the outer reaches of the language […]

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