Archive for January, 2016

  • Language and words in the news – 30th January, 2016

    Posted by on January 30, 2016

    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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  • Just a bunch of politicians

    Posted by on January 29, 2016

    Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, may be regretting his choice of words in a political debate earlier this week. Mr Cameron’s opposite number, Jeremy Corbyn, had spent the previous day at a refugee camp in northern France, and in a House of Commons debate the PM attacked Corbyn for “meeting with a bunch of migrants […]

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  • Language tip of the week: tell someone something

    Posted by on January 27, 2016

    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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  • Henry’s monthly musings – the latest lingo

    Posted by on January 25, 2016

    Recently we’ve talked a lot on the blog about words like bae and fleek that have come into being amongst younger generations before becoming accepted terms of popular usage.  Secretly we language enthusiasts all dream of creating the next viral buzzword, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who dreams of his idiolect being […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 22nd January, 2016

    Posted by on January 22, 2016

    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: talking in order to decide something

    Posted by on January 21, 2016

    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 5: is it OK to use the expression “be comprised of”?

    Posted by on January 20, 2016

    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 this 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. ______________ […]

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  • Neither was or neither were?

    Posted by on January 18, 2016

    Macmillan Dictionaries recently received a query about an example at the entry for the phrase ‘neither … nor …‘. The example was this one: Neither his son nor his daughter were at the funeral. The writer queried the presence of a plural verb in this example, believing this to be incorrect because neither, being singular, […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 15th January, 2016

    Posted by on January 15, 2016

    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: having a conversation

    Posted by on January 13, 2016

    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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