Archive for April, 2010

  • Language and words in the news – 30 April, 2010

    Posted by on April 30, 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 China to […]

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  • The Film’s the thing – Shakespeare and Hollywood

    Posted by on April 29, 2010

    Brendan correctly indentified the Shakespeare play in my last post as Hamlet (a ghost and prince meet/And everyone ends in mincemeat). The mincemeat is a reference to the bloody final scene, in which four major characters die before the final curtain. Brendan also nailed the song as ‘That’s Entertainment’ from the film musical The Band […]

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  • Making music – QWERTY-style

    Posted by on April 28, 2010

    Have you ever noticed how certain words have a real rhythm to them when you’re typing, at least if you touch-type? My favourite has always been interesting; such a simple little word, but there’s such a fabulous flow to it, especially at speed – you get that ‘terest’ on the left hand, followed by the […]

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  • Chinese Shakespeare?

    Posted by on April 26, 2010

    Our next guest post in Chinese English month comes from Kieran McGovern, author of the Macmillan Reader Love by Design. He blogs here, where you can find his ‘Shakespeare and the English Language’. He also edits this website. ________ Few will be surprised to discover that William Shakespeare never visited China. Nor was his work […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 24 April, 2010

    Posted by on April 24, 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 China has […]

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  • Rage against the machines

    Posted by on April 22, 2010

    This week’s BuzzWord is robocall, and takes a look at those irritating automated phone calls that have become a feature of so many sales, marketing, and now electoral campaigns in recent years. I should warn you, though, I’m about to get on my soapbox; I absolutely hate automated phone calls. To my mind, there is […]

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  • It’s blogging 101

    Posted by on April 21, 2010

    Sitting on a bus recently, I spotted a headline in someone else’s newspaper that read: Humanitarianism 2.0. I  never did find out what the article was about, but I soon discovered that Google has dozens of hits for this exact expression. And it looks like the 2.0 suffix can be added to just about anything, […]

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  • Teaching English as a ‘global’ language?

    Posted by on April 20, 2010

    A new video, by David Crystal, which answers the question: Should English be taught as a ‘global’ language? The video has been prepared for Global, Macmillan’s new course for adult learners of English.

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  • Lost for words

    Posted by on April 19, 2010

    I’ve recently discovered that many of my colleagues are closet Scrabble™ players; how have I made this fascinating discovery? By the fact they are all, without exception, incensed by news that games company Mattel is to relax the rules and allow the use of proper nouns and other previously verboten words. One (slightly cynical?) colleague […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 17 April, 2010

    Posted by on April 17, 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 Air-traffic controllers’ […]

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