Archive for August, 2016

  • Open Dictionary Word of the Month: bawbag

    Posted by on August 31, 2016

    Numbers of submissions to the Open Dictionary in July were back to normal levels, and approval levels were back up too, with just over 40% of submitted entries being approved for publication. Sometimes entries are rejected with regret, because although there is no independent evidence for their use, they have a certain charm or energy […]

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  • US election word of the week: stump

    Posted by on August 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 stump. Browsing the news this weekend my eye was caught by the following sentences in an article in The Guardian about the […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 26th August, 2016

    Posted by on August 26, 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: causing emotions

    Posted by on August 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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  • US election words of the week: hard and soft money

    Posted by on August 23, 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 words are hard money and soft money. In a previous post in this series we looked at the terms PAC and super PAC. The […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 19th August, 2016

    Posted by on August 19, 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: feelings

    Posted by on August 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: third-party candidate

    Posted by on August 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 term is third-party candidate. American politics is dominated by the two behemoths, the Democrats and the Republicans, with other parties garnering very little support […]

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  • Still medalling and podiuming, and finalling too

    Posted by on August 16, 2016

    Another Olympics, another controversy about nouns having the effrontery to turn themselves into verbs. As well as medalling and podiuming, the world’s elite athletes have been final(l)ing, golding, silvering and bronzing away like mad, not to mention the spectators who have been spectating without a thought for the linguistic outrages being committed by commentators and […]

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  • The poetic virtue of slang: from Shakespeare to council estates

    Posted by on August 15, 2016

    Our latest guest post is by Anthony Anaxagorou of The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company, a music theatre production company that explores the social, cultural and linguistic parallels between the works of William Shakespeare and that of modern day hip-hop artists. _____________ A number of times I’ve heard secondary school teachers criticize students for using a vernacular […]

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