Archive for February, 2013

  • Language tip of the week: tendency

    Posted by on February 28, 2013

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are based on areas of English which learners often find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc. This week some advice about the noun tendency: When a verb comes after tendency, use the pattern tendency to […]

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  • Coping with the dominance of English: a view from Denmark

    Posted by on February 27, 2013

    Today’s guest post comes from Danish lexicographer Lars Trap-Jensen. Since 2004, Lars has been Managing Editor of Den Danske Ordbog (The Danish Dictionary) – a corpus-based dictionary of modern Danish – and of the website ordnet.dk, which gives access not only to the The Danish Dictionary and the big historical Dictionary of the Danish Language, […]

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  • You can’t go wrong with a hyphen or two: word-formation (Part 1)

    Posted by on February 25, 2013

    If you are a teacher or learner of English, you are probably familiar with advice beginning You do not …, You cannot …, Be careful …, and WARNING! Older coursebooks, especially, used ‘strikethrough’ to herald the errors that you must simultaneously notice and unlearn, e.g.: I need to concentrate myself. Strikethrough is a curious convention: […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 22nd February, 2013

    Posted by on February 22, 2013

    This post contains a 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, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Feel free to contact us if you would like to submit […]

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  • Language, culture, and the dominance of English

    Posted by on February 21, 2013

    February 21st is UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day, which is intended to “encourage people to maintain their knowledge of their mother language while learning and using more than one language”. This annual event was established to commemorate a protest march at the University of Dhaka (in what is now Bangladesh, but was then in the […]

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  • Language tip of the week: occur

    Posted by on February 20, 2013

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are based on areas of English which learners often find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc. This week some advice about the spelling of the word occur and other examples of words ending in -ur […]

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  • Happy 10th birthday, BuzzWord!

    Posted by on February 19, 2013

    In 2003, my son was 8 years old, tablets were still the things the doctor prescribed to make you better, and no-one had much of a clue about tweets, smartphones and apps. Yes, a lot can happen in 10 years – my son is now on the cusp of ‘adulthood’, I own a tablet, tweeting […]

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  • Centring around a usage disagreement

    Posted by on February 18, 2013

    Consider this line, which appears in William Gibson’s novel Virtual Light: “One of the Sharman Group’s research initiatives centred around the possibility of isolating mutant strains of HIV.” Gibson is a skilled and careful writer, and it’s clear what he means by the words centre around, yet some readers automatically reject the phrase as an […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 15th February, 2013

    Posted by on February 15, 2013

    This post contains a 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, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Feel free to contact us if you would like to submit […]

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  • “I’m in love. I’m all shook up.” Metaphors of love and relationships

    Posted by on February 14, 2013

    Many of you would have watched James Geary‘s popular TED talk about metaphor from a few years back. In his presentation he calls on the ‘King of Metaphorians’ Elvis Presley to discuss literary metaphor, but his talk also touches on conceptual metaphor – a unique feature of Macmillan Dictionary. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, this post […]

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