Archive for June, 2010

  • Dudes and dudettes, it’s American-English month!

    Posted by on June 30, 2010

    Over here! Right over here in the red, white and blue … eyes off the ball for a minute! It’s American-English month, yeeha! We suggest that for the month of July you set your, of course, bookmarked/tabbed/favourited macmillandictionary.com to ‘American English‘ and practise pronouncing words in Am rather than Br … obviously, unless you do […]

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  • Poacher turned gamewinner

    Posted by on June 29, 2010

    England’s World Cup is over, following the team’s 4-1 defeat by Germany last Sunday. According to one online report of the match, ‘The first goal was a tribute to striker Miroslav Klose’s strength and poaching skills.’ Only a few days earlier, England fans had been celebrating a 1-0 victory over Slovenia. The scorer, with a […]

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  • The Rainbow Nation and its strange racial terminology

    Posted by on June 28, 2010

    Although the World Cup is still on for another two weeks, we are slowly saying goodbye to South African English here on the blog. This is our final guest blog, from Dawn Nell, a Capetonian and historian. You can follow Dawn on Twitter. ___________ The description of South Africa as a Rainbow Nation is both […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 25th June, 2010

    Posted by on June 25, 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, and language education too. Do contact us if you would like to submit a link for us to include. […]

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  • Google the verb

    Posted by on June 24, 2010

    Our next guest post comes from Adam Kilgarriff. Adam is a linguist, and a specialist in the area where linguistics, computers and dictionaries meet. He was at Brighton University until 2004 when he set up his own company, Lexical Computing Ltd. He lives in Brighton, and will be taking a lunchtime swim in the sea […]

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  • I’m no fundi, but jislaaik – all those loan words!

    Posted by on June 23, 2010

    It wasn’t until I recently researched the fascinating details about the lexicon of South African English that I realized just what a fantastic example it is of the linguistic concept of borrowing. There can’t be many language varieties that have the influence of such a broad range of languages – European, Asian and African, often […]

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  • South African words in English – then and now (part 3)

    Posted by on June 22, 2010

    The month of South African English is slowly coming to an end. This is the third and final blog from Jean Branford, a world authority on the English of South Africa and author of A Dictionary of South African English. ____________ In South Africa, too many social and political changes to enumerate have taken place […]

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  • South African words in English – then and now (part 2)

    Posted by on June 16, 2010

    This is the second of three blogs from Jean Branford, a world authority on the English of South Africa and author of A Dictionary of South African English. _________ The usual range of the South African words we use now, as part of our everyday life, pales under the spotlight of the World Cup. The […]

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  • Too clever by half time

    Posted by on June 15, 2010

    June is not just about South African English. It’s a little bit about football too. In his guest post, Andrew Delahunty, a freelance author and lexicographer, discusses football lingo. Among Andrew’s many books is Talking Balls: Getting to grips with the language of sport published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson. ________ At last, the 2010 World […]

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  • Vuvuzelas and ladumas

    Posted by on June 14, 2010

    Friday saw the opening of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. A large proportion of the world’s population will be watching football over the next four weeks. Historian and Capetonian Dawn Nell discusses South African English football/sport terms featuring in the 2010 World Cup. ________ The World Cup in South Africa will forever be […]

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