Archive for January, 2014

  • Language and words in the news – 31st January, 2014

    Posted by on January 31, 2014

    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 tip of the week: hungry

    Posted by on January 30, 2014

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc. This week’s language tip helps with other ways of saying hungry: peckish quite hungry: used especially to talk about […]

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  • Voting has started! The Love English Awards – update 4

    Posted by on January 28, 2014

    Voting for the Love English Awards has started! In the categories ‘best website’ and ‘best blog’ about the English language, a total of 90 blogs and website are in the race to win top prize. If your website or blog has been nominated, make sure you add the Love English Awards badge to your page […]

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  • Word roots and routes: cess, cease, cede, ceed

    Posted by on January 27, 2014

    Next in a series of posts exploring some of the ‘roots’ and ‘routes’ of English vocabulary. English has many related words containing the roots cede, ceed, cess and cease, derived from the Latin verb cēdere (go, go away, withdraw, yield) and its past participle cessus. Cede and cease exist as independent words, but this group […]

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  • Language tip of the week: responsible

    Posted by on January 23, 2014

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc. This week’s language tip helps with the adjective responsible: Don’t use the preposition of after the adjective responsible. Use […]

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  • Learning about pragmatics: a useful life skill

    Posted by on January 21, 2014

    One of our major themes at Macmillan in 2014 is “Life Skills”, an umbrella term for the professional, academic, and personal skills we all need in order to do well in life. Effective communication is obviously a big part of this. But choosing the language to get your message across involves more than simply cobbling […]

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  • Apocope is not to be dissed

    Posted by on January 20, 2014

    Words are mutable things, subject to constant tugs and tweaks in the everyday trade of conversation. Some drift far enough to become visibly different when written down. There are patterns to these drifts, for example aphaeresis, whereby a word loses its initial sound or sounds (’twas, ’cause, knock, ticket). Sounds are also lost from the […]

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  • Language tip of the week: research

    Posted by on January 16, 2014

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc. This week’s language tip helps with the noun research: Research is an uncountable noun, and so: ▪  it is […]

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  • Nominations have closed! The Love English Awards – update 3

    Posted by on January 14, 2014

    A big ‘thank you’ to all who sent in their nominations for the Love English Awards 2013. We received nominations from hundreds of people, telling us which blog and website about the English language they think deserve to win this year’s awards. Macmillan Dictionary (and this blog) were also nominated (thank you, we’re flattered!), but […]

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  • Word roots and routes: time and tide

    Posted by on January 13, 2014

    Next in a series of posts exploring some of the ‘roots’ and ‘routes’ of English vocabulary. Time and tide are another pair of words, of Latin and Germanic origin respectively, whose meanings have taken different routes in their journey towards modern English. The noun tide originally meant time, and this meaning survives in the names […]

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