Archive for December, 2009

  • Happy New Year!

    Posted by on December 31, 2009

    On behalf of the Macmillan Dictionary Blog team I’d like to wish you all the very best for the New Year. We look forward to posting some thought-provoking, informative, entertaining blog posts in 2010 too. Happy New Year!

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  • The meaning of Scrabble

    Posted by on December 29, 2009

    If you’re a cryptic crossword devotee, try this one: “Sheds light in elbow attachment”. Answer later … Instead of crosswords, some people reach for the Scrabble board at Christmas and gather the family round for hours of festive wordplay. Although most of us see Scrabble as a harmless way to pass an hour or two, […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 25 December, 2009

    Posted by on December 25, 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 China: New […]

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  • Winterval – language and words in the news

    Posted by on December 24, 2009

    Winterval is the new BuzzWord this week on Macmillan Dictionary. The term, coined in 1998, refers to the period of festivities which takes place in the middle of winter, including Christmas and other religious or secular festivals like Jewish Hanukkah, Hindu Diwali and pagan festivals such as Yule. To find out more about the word, see these […]

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  • Thou Shall Not Starve

    Posted by on December 22, 2009

    Big news today in the UK. A Church of England Priest has rocked the Christian community by announcing publicly that it is OK to steal, if you really need to. Tim Jones is quoted in the Guardian newspaper as having said “My advice, as a Christian priest, is to shoplift.” So I just thought I’d […]

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  • Most popular posts of 2009

    Posted by on December 21, 2009

    Below are links to some of our most popular posts of the year. Many of the posts still have ongoing conversations so don’t hesitate to leave a comment! Horrible Americanisms? Who decides what is “good” or “correct” English when the way it is spoken differs from country to country? Casting a spell on English. Stephen […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 18 December, 2009

    Posted by on December 18, 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: Clarity, […]

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  • Literally

    Posted by on December 17, 2009

    Tim Bowen, teacher trainer and Onestopenglish author of the OSE-BuzzWord Lesson Plans, ponders the use & abuse of the word literally… Don’t forget! Macmillan Dictionary and Onestopenglish have teamed up for a fantastic Christmas special for teachers in the month of December! On a recent train journey, I heard a fellow passenger say to her […]

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  • BuzzWords in review – Kerry Maxwell's Diary: The Edge of … English

    Posted by on December 16, 2009

    Kerry Maxwell, author of the Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord articles, casts her eye over the noughties and the words that defined each year. Don’t forget: Macmillan Dictionary and Onestopenglish have teamed up for a Christmas special for teachers in the month of December! 1999 (December) Downed a few alcopops when we proposed a toast to the […]

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  • Nomination for an Edublog Award

    Posted by on December 15, 2009

    Macmillan Dictionary Blog has been nominated for an Edublog Award, in the category Best Group Blog. To vote for the blog, go to this page. And quick: you’ve only got until Wednesday 16th December (that’s tomorrow) to cast your vote! The winners of the Eddies will be announced at the Edublog Awards ceremony on Friday […]

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