Archive for July, 2010

  • Language and words in the news – 30th July, 2010

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

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  • American English? What’s that?

    Posted by on July 29, 2010

    Our American English month is shortly coming to its end. Perhaps this is a good point to stop and ask this question again: What is American English? This time the answer comes from Robert Lane Greene, journalist, blogger and author of a soon to be published (and now thoroughly copy-edited) book, You Are What You […]

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  • In the news – a new wiki

    Posted by on July 28, 2010

    It seems there’s a new, and somewhat disturbing, wiki on the block – wikileaks. Apparently a whistle-blowing website where sensitive material can be posted online in such a way as it to be untraceable, wikileaks has come to the nation’s interest amidst news of leaked details about the US military campaign in Afghanistan. (I say […]

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  • You say ‘soda’, I say ‘pop’: a Midwestern observation of language

    Posted by on July 27, 2010

    We continue American English month with another guest post from Denise Du Vernay. Denise earned her master’s degree in English from Florida State University. She is co-author of The Simpsons in the Classroom: Embiggening the Learning Experience with the Wisdom of Springfield. Her favorite pop is Diet Coke. __________ As a child growing up in […]

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  • The new F word

    Posted by on July 26, 2010

    So, somebody please tell me when the word fine stopped being fine? When exchanging greetings with friends, I used to reply to any enquiry as to my health as ‘Fine, thanks’. When I still lived up North, a wry ‘Mustn’t grumble’ would usually suffice. This does not seem to be adequate any longer. People have […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 23rd July, 2010

    Posted by on July 23, 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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  • “D’oh!” and more: The Simpsons and its effects on American English

    Posted by on July 22, 2010

    American English month continues with a guest post by Denise Du Vernay. Denise has been teaching composition, literature, humanities, speech, and courses on The Simpsons for over ten years. She is co-author of The Simpsons in the Classroom: Embiggening the Learning Experience with the Wisdom of Springfield (www.simpsonology.com). Denise lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. __________ On […]

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  • Guide to buying an ‘old banger’

    Posted by on July 21, 2010

    I recently bought a used car from auction and I have become enamoured of the specific vocabulary and euphemisms used when describing and discussing used cars. Buyers who are not au fait with this arcane language should beware, however, and I feel it my duty to publish this very necessary ‘guide’. Type / condition of […]

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  • What’s in a name?

    Posted by on July 20, 2010

    I feel I must begin this post by clarifying a couple of things. No, I don’t have a best mate called Tracey, and no, I’ve never in my life danced around my handbag in white stilettos in a nightclub. OK, glad we got that cleared up. Non-native English speakers may be wondering what on earth […]

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  • A Brit’s take on American English

    Posted by on July 17, 2010

    As part of American English month, we return to Philadephia, where blogger and EFL teacher & author Vicki Hollett discusses the hazards of a Brit speaking ‘merican. Thank you to Vicki for another great guest post! _________ The US is a hazardous place for Brits. Since moving to Philadelphia, I’ve inadvertently commented on my hostess’s […]

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