Archive for February, 2011

  • Some words just belong together

    Posted by on February 28, 2011

    During the month of February, we have celebrated and discussed romantic English here on the blog. This page contains a list of all our blog posts as well as some other useful places to go to to find out more about the language of love. To see February and romantic English out in style, here […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 25th February, 2011

    Posted by on February 25, 2011

    This post contains a selection of links related to recent language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Feel free to contact us if you would like to […]

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  • The weird and the wonderful
    battle it out…

    Posted by on February 24, 2011

    It’s that time of year again, when we’re all invited to decide which book over the past 12 months has been published with the strangest name. That’s right, voting is now open for the 2010 Bookseller / Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year. Since 1978, the most weird and wonderful book titles have […]

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  • Electronic whistle blowers?

    Posted by on February 23, 2011

    I was watching a documentary about WikiLeaks the other day, and it made me wonder about the language we use to describe the act of revealing secrets. When we were young, it was telling tales, and in the corporate environment the person doing the telling has long been known as a whistle blower. But with […]

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  • ‘Vacation’ variations

    Posted by on February 22, 2011

    You might have encountered some of the new words being used to describe different types of holiday – humorous variations on vacation, such as daycation and staycation. Daycation was a BuzzWord here on Macmillan Dictionary; Kerry’s article also explained greycation and naycation. We’ve come across mancation before, in the context of man-words, and a blog […]

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  • Has anyone seen my etchings?

    Posted by on February 21, 2011

    Dan Clayton talked about the language of lovers last week, and how people let their speech style converge towards the speech style of someone they want to establish a relationship with. But this can be a lengthy and tortuous procedure, involving protracted conversation. Among younger people throughout the ages there has often been a need […]

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  • Play the game

    Posted by on February 21, 2011

    I’ve been wondering about brand names, or rather, one specific brand name – Nintendo’s Wii. The Wii is, of course, a now well-established gaming system. Apparently, the name is supposed to indicate the inclusiveness of playing together and the fact that the system is designed for everyone. The two lower case ‘i‘s though, make it […]

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  • Romantic language and words in the news – 18th February, 2011

    Posted by on February 18, 2011

    For a change, this week’s post brings you news around the topic of romantic English. Items come from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Feel free to contact us if you would like to submit a link […]

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  • Me wanna watch…

    Posted by on February 18, 2011

    I was interested in this article about language in children’s television, featured in last week’s round-up post. I love that it reflects the diversity of modern society, but apparently there have been mixed reactions to the Rastamouse programme. I do understand parents’ fears that their children may accidentally sound racist simply by copying the phrases […]

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  • Man vs machine: dictionaries and LT

    Posted by on February 17, 2011

    Macmillan runs a series of webinars, which are a bit like interactive lectures that anyone can join in. Coming up in 2011 are speakers such as Lindsay Clanfield and Simon Greenall, and from the same page you can watch sessions from the archive featuring well-known language-teaching experts like Scott Thornbury, Ken Wilson and Sam McCarter. […]

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