Archive for May, 2015

  • Language and words in the news – 29th May, 2015

    Posted by on May 29, 2015

    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 a link […]

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  • Language tip of the week: gas

    Posted by on May 28, 2015

    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, usage, etc. This week’s language tip helps with the differences in meaning of gas in American and British English. In […]

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  • Real Grammar Quiz, Question 9: should I say “Can I…” or “May I …”?

    Posted by on May 27, 2015

    Real Grammar isn’t about the made-up or outdated “rules” which some people try to make us follow. As we said in the introduction to this new series from Macmillan Dictionary, Real Grammar is based on the evidence of language in use. In this series, we’ll be bringing you blog posts and videos that give evidence-based answers to frequently asked questions about grammar and usage. […]

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  • The double superlative

    Posted by on May 26, 2015

    Round about this time of year, I eagerly await the nominations for the Idler magazine’s Bad Grammar Awards. Not because I necessarily agree that their nominations are actually examples of bad grammar (indeed sometimes they’re examples of bad spelling or punctuation), but because they tend to show up the gulf between the preoccupations of professional […]

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  • ‘Mx’ – a new gender-neutral title

    Posted by on May 25, 2015

    Most people find that they fit readily into one of the common titles Mr, Ms, Mrs or Miss, even if they consider them unnecessary. Ms as a female equivalent of Mr – a title that does not mark marital status – is little more than a century old but is now thoroughly established in standard […]

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  • Henry’s social media musings – political language

    Posted by on May 24, 2015

    “Despite the best efforts of the ‘milifandom’, Labour couldn’t triumph in the UK election – largely thanks to the ‘ajockalypse’ – and now a ‘Brexit’ looks likely.” Did that all make sense to you? I’d guess probably not. But you won’t be the only one saying that, trust me. It’s been a heavy few weeks […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 22nd May, 2015

    Posted by on May 22, 2015

    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 a link […]

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  • Being an archaeodialectologist

    Posted by on May 21, 2015

    We are pleased to welcome back to the blog David Crystal, the renowned linguist, writer, editor, lecturer and broadcaster. Professor Crystal’s new book The Disappearing Dictionary is published on 21st May by Pan Macmillan. ___________ In the days when I edited The Cambridge Encylopedia, this is how my archaeology contributor defined his subject: ‘the study of […]

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  • Language tip of the week: secret

    Posted by on May 20, 2015

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of  language tips we look at how metaphor is used to express some common concepts in English. This week’s tip looks at metaphors used to talk about keeping and revealing secrets: To keep something secret […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 15th May, 2015

    Posted by on May 15, 2015

    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 a link […]

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