Archive for October, 2009

  • Language and words in the news – 30 October, 2009

    Posted by on October 30, 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 USA: Top […]

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  • King's English

    Posted by on October 26, 2009

    I’ve had an enlightening week reading Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. I’ve avoided his books – and most of the resulting movies – all my reading/watching life, as …  well, I’m hellishly easy to scare (seriously, Ghostbusters scared me senseless). But his approach and his advice is straight-up and liberating rather […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 23 October, 2009

    Posted by on October 23, 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 Cel•e•brate: the […]

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  • Casting a spell on English (continued)

    Posted by on October 22, 2009

    There’s an old chestnut about the pronunciation of the word GHOTI. It’s pronounced, obviously enough, /fɪʃ/. The GH is /f/ as in cough; the O is /ɪ/ as in women; and the TI is /ʃ/ as in motion. Not true, of course (it’s a made up word and you can read about it on Wikipedia), […]

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  • Off-grid – language and words in the news

    Posted by on October 21, 2009

    Off-grid is the new BuzzWord this week on Macmillan Dictionary. Off-grid is an adjective which describes the situation of not using public utilities such as electricity, gas, water and mains sewerage. Some of the words which are associated with an off-grid lifestyle are: sustainability, unplugged, recycled, hand-powered, solar, self-sufficient, green. If you’d like to find […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 16 October, 2009

    Posted by on October 16, 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 Are British […]

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  • Microblogging – language and words in the news

    Posted by on October 13, 2009

    Microblogging is the new BuzzWord this week on Macmillan Dictionary. The term microblogging describes the activity of putting short updates such brief texts, photos etc on a personal blog by using a mobile phone or instant messaging software. The most popular and perhaps best known microblogging service is Twitter. There is debate about the usefulness […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 09 October, 2009

    Posted by on October 09, 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 The decline […]

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  • In the news – speaking in code

    Posted by on October 05, 2009

    Once upon a time, writing in code was the stuff of detective novels and spy movies. Messages would be encoded using transposition ciphers (rearranging the letters of a word), substitution ciphers (where letters are replaced with other letters or numbers), or even steganography (where a piece of text says one thing, but means something completely […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 2 October, 2009

    Posted by on October 02, 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 Why English […]

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