Archive for May, 2016

  • Open Dictionary Word of the Month: dude food

    Posted by on May 31, 2016

    Submissions to the Open Dictionary in April were back to normal levels, with slightly over one third of all entries being approved for publication. The new entries were the usual mix: some rare words; a number of specialized or technical terms; several recent coinages and new meanings; and some words and phrases that had not […]

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  • US election word of the week: closed primary

    Posted by on May 30, 2016

    In this series we are looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process in the run-up to the Presidential election in late 2016. This week’s word is closed primary. At the time of writing, Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders has just won the support of voters in Oregon by a […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 27th May, 2016

    Posted by on May 27, 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: to disappoint someone

    Posted by on May 25, 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 set of language […]

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  • From aardvark to Zulu: recent developments in South African English

    Posted by on May 23, 2016

    Our latest guest post is by Jill Wolvaardt, the Executive Director of the Dictionary Unit for South African English. The unit, based at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, has been collecting and recording English as it is used in South Africa since 1969. Jill and her colleagues have been working with us recently to improve the […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 20th May, 2016

    Posted by on May 20, 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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  • Real Vocabulary Quiz, Question 9: can “momentarily” mean “soon” or “in a moment”?

    Posted by on May 19, 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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  • Language tip of the week: disappointing

    Posted by on May 18, 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 set of language […]

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  • US election word of the week: the GOP

    Posted by on May 17, 2016

    In this series we are looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process in the run-up to the Presidential election in late 2016. This week’s word is the GOP. The GOP, pronounced by saying the individual letters, is a familiar name for the US Republican Party. Here’s what Wikipedia […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 13th May, 2016

    Posted by on May 13, 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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