Archive for December, 2011

  • Happy New Year!

    Posted by on December 31, 2011

    Here we go again, saying good-bye to another year, and what a fantastic year it’s been over here on Macmillan Dictionary Blog! We look forward to 2012 bringing plenty more lively linguistic discussion, but for now Macmillan Dictionary Blog would like to wish all contributors and readers a very Happy New Year!

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  • A few of my favourite things

    Posted by on December 30, 2011

    One of the best things I learned this year (from my friend Sylviane Granger) was that a lot of teachers use our blog as a source of inspiration for lessons and assignments for their students. But this isn’t really surprising, when you look at the huge range of material contributed by so many great writers. […]

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  • Love grows: The Macmillan Dictionary Love English Awards – update 2

    Posted by on December 29, 2011

    Just over two weeks left to nominate your favourites for a Love English Award. Who should you nominate? Looking back on the year, which website or blog has been the most useful, entertaining, informative for you in terms of learning English, or improving your English, or just feeding your love of the English language? A […]

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  • Your words of 2011

    Posted by on December 27, 2011

    We asked our regular blog contributors this final question in 2011: What word sums up 2011 for you and why? A brand-new word perhaps, or a well-used one throughout the year. Or perhaps a word that is particularly relevant to your experience of the year. Here are some of the answers to the question: It’s […]

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  • Language tip of the week: make

    Posted by on December 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, synonyms, etc) which learners often find difficult. This week’s language tip helps with the verb make. When make means ‘to cause or force someone to do […]

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  • Preoccupied by words of the year

    Posted by on December 26, 2011

    As the year ends, lexicographers and other word geeks traditionally put their heads together to choose or vote for a word of the year (WOTY). It’s not that simple, of course: different groups pick different words in different ways for different reasons. And it’s not always a word – other “vocabulary items” like phrases and […]

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  • 10 most popular posts in 2011

    Posted by on December 23, 2011

    Continuing the tradition established over the last couple of years, we are bringing you a list of blog posts published over here on the Macmillan Dictionary Blog which have been read and commented on most widely. Many of the selected 10 plus 2 additional posts still have ongoing conversations – have a read and join […]

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  • Open Dictionary word of the week: IRL

    Posted by on December 22, 2011

    IRL (phrase) abbreviation for ‘in real life’ … I have several friends that are only on Google+. Interestingly, most of them are Internet friends (people I have never met IRL) … (Submitted from the United Kingdom) When I was young … There I said it: when I was young, ‘in real life’ meant ‘not in your […]

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  • Terminology or jargon? You’re empowered to decide…

    Posted by on December 22, 2011

    We’ve been here before, but I couldn’t let Plain English month pass without another look at corporate jargon. Back in May, Briony Drimie referred to ‘a vein of Business English …  we commonly know as management-speak, which I have loathed since I first heard it’. She singled out a few well-known offenders: going forward, transitioning, singing […]

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  • Showing your love: The Macmillan Dictionary Love English Awards

    Posted by on December 21, 2011

    We’re one week into the Love English Awards, to coincide with the generally festive vibe in the air at the moment. Looking back on the year, which website or blog has been the most useful, entertaining, informative for you in terms of learning English, or improving your English, or just feeding your love of the […]

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