Archive for November, 2015

  • Open Dictionary Word of the Month: clowder

    Posted by on November 30, 2015

    122 new entries were accepted into the Open Dictionary in October, a considerable increase on the previous month’s figure. Overall submissions were about the same, meaning that more of the entries submitted met the criteria for acceptance. Several of the submissions are technical or semi-technical words from various specialist areas; these include alexithymia and carafology, […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 27th November, 2015

    Posted by on November 27, 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: speak quietly

    Posted by on November 25, 2015

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items. This week’s tip looks […]

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  • Due to general usage, this phrase is fine

    Posted by on November 23, 2015

    In his short story collection Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris begins a paragraph with this line: ‘Due to his ear and his almost maniacal sense of discipline, I always thought my father would have made an excellent musician.’ To many readers – probably an overwhelming majority – there’s nothing wrong with it. But […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 20th November, 2015

    Posted by on November 20, 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: speak

    Posted by on November 18, 2015

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items. Over the coming weeks […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 13th November, 2015

    Posted by on November 13, 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: saying something again

    Posted by on November 12, 2015

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items. This week’s tip looks […]

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  • Real Vocabulary Quiz, Question 3: Is it OK to use “disinterested” to mean “not interested”?

    Posted by on November 11, 2015

    Our Real Grammar series showed how the evidence of language in use often undermines or contradicts the made-up or outdated “rules” which some people insist on. In our new series on Real Vocabulary, with Scott Thornbury, we’re bringing you blog posts, videos and a quiz that give evidence-based answers to frequently asked questions about vocabulary. ______________ In the […]

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  • Why do we ‘grin like a Cheshire cat’?

    Posted by on November 09, 2015

    The phrase grin like a Cheshire cat has become synonymous with Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. But while Carroll was no slouch when it came to inventive language, the expression predates his book and was in general use at the time. The enduring success of his comic fantasy helped to popularise the simile. A […]

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