Archive for September, 2011

  • Language and words in the news – 30th September, 2011

    Posted by on September 30, 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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  • Language video of the week: language and thought

    Posted by on September 29, 2011

    This week’s ‘language in new media’ post is a video (13 mins) from The Economist‘s Human Potential summit held last week in New York City. In his presentation, journalist, author, and blogger Lane Greene discusses new research which shows how language can influence thought. For more on the influence of metaphor on the way we […]

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  • Open Dictionary word of the week: heart

    Posted by on September 28, 2011

    heart (verb) to like someone We heart you almost as much as we heart Britney’s Dolce & Gabbana makeover. (Submitted from the United Kingdom) I heart this so much I think I’m going to (micro)blog about it. First of all, I think we need to add ‘or something’ to the definition: ‘to like someone or […]

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  • A foolish consistency

    Posted by on September 28, 2011

    No doubt you’re familiar with the following line from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay on self-reliance: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds”. In a comment to my recent post about hopefully, Marc Leavitt quoted it in relation to the strange persistence of outdated and unfounded rules of grammar and usage. Most people know […]

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  • Language tip of the week: control

    Posted by on September 27, 2011

    In this weekly microblog, we bring to English language learners more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary. These tips are based on areas of English (e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, etc) which learners often find difficult. This week’s language tip is about collocation and control … The noun control is sometimes followed by of and sometimes […]

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  • What’s your favourite online English word?

    Posted by on September 27, 2011

    This month we’ve been looking at how the Internet has influenced the English language in ‘What’s your online English?’ and there’s been some interesting discussion generated. We thought that it might be quite nice to ask our guest bloggers and regular contributors what their favourite online English word was and why. Here is what they […]

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  • Moonlight

    Posted by on September 26, 2011

    Last week, we had twice as many visits from South Korea as we had the week before. The reason is probably that everyone was too busy celebrating Chuseok, a festival that is sometimes associated with the Harvest Moon. This year, Chuseok fell on 12 September. A harvest moon is the full moon that comes nearest […]

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  • Online writing is great!!!

    Posted by on September 26, 2011

    We continue the discussion of online English with a guest post from author, teacher and teacher trainer Lindsay Clandfield. Lindsay writes about the resurgence of the exclamation mark. _________________ Great! It’s time for another post for this blog! Looking back at those two sentences I see a liberal use of exclamation marks. What am I […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 23rd September, 2011

    Posted by on September 23, 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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  • 5 million books

    Posted by on September 23, 2011

    This week’s ‘language in new media’ post is one of the fantastic TED Talks. What we learned from 5 million books uses Google Labs’ Ngram Viewer tool to tell us why exactly a picture is worth so much more than a thousand words! If you’re new to the Ngram Viewer, you might also like to […]

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