Archive for January, 2010

  • My English: In praise of silly

    Posted by on January 30, 2010

    And so we come to the end of our United Kingdom English focus. Rowan Sawday (Dizraeli), who kicked everything off with his 21st Century Flux rap, wraps the month up with a post in answer to the question: What’s your English? Thank you to all guest authors – English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh– for interesting, […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 29 January, 2010

    Posted by on January 29, 2010

    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 Refiguring Obama’s […]

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  • A blog and a half

    Posted by on January 28, 2010

    It seems that obesity is sweeping the Western world in a terrifying, gelatinous tide. This phenomenon even has its own word these days: globesity. Six months ago, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) called for a reduction in the size of chocolate bars to help tackle obesity. Perhaps in defiance of this move, it seems that […]

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  • Modern-day date-ing

    Posted by on January 27, 2010

    The issue of dates is interesting me at the moment. Not the romantic sort (well…), no, the passage-of-time sort, and specifically those in this now-not-quite-so-new-Millennium. We’ve touched on the issue of how we refer to these new years a couple of times already here, thinking about the original uncertainty over what we’d call the year […]

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  • Bore da a croeso i’r wythnos Cymraeg

    Posted by on January 26, 2010

    We begin Welsh-English week with a guest post by Paul Harrington, a blogger and podcaster based in Gilwern, South Wales. __________ You know that a language or dialect is alive and well when it suddenly springs into life – such is Wenglish (Welsh-English) having lain dormant for a few years since Goldie Looking Chain slipped […]

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  • Scottish English

    Posted by on January 25, 2010

    Please find our Scottish English page here: Scottish English.

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  • A Glasgow wedding

    Posted by on January 25, 2010

    It is Burns Night today! Scottish English week comes to an end with a guest post by Janet Gough. _________________ My sister got married on January 8 at Pollokshields Burgh Hall (1) , on the Sooside (2) of Glasgow. Sláinte, Alison and Colin! The wedding day was brilliant. So much work needed done beforehand to […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 22 January, 2010

    Posted by on January 22, 2010

    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 Objecting to […]

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  • Bunker and slitter

    Posted by on January 21, 2010

    Scottish English week continues with another fantastic guest post, this time about learning Scots by Mairi MacDonald. ________________ Bunker and slitter*. Two new words I’ve learnt recently. I’m not learning a new language, just slowly improving my own. Considering I was brought up in Scotland and I have a Scottish accent, my knowledge of Scottish […]

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  • That's my patter …

    Posted by on January 20, 2010

    It’s all about Scottish-English this week. Here is a guest blog by Nick Gillard about English spoken by “Weegies“. ________ I was born in Glasgow (Scotland’s largest city) where English is spoken but not quite as we know it, Jimmy*. Like Liverpool, (perhaps Glasgow’s closest cousin) over 50% of “Weegies” are Irish Catholic in origin […]

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