Archive for November, 2016

  • Barbershop Shakes

    Posted by on November 30, 2016

    Welcome to our fourth and final guest post from The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company. This one is by Peer Leader Ryan Henry. THSC is 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. _____________ “400 years later, it’s 2016 […]

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  • Seachangers, salad days and skim milk

    Posted by on November 28, 2016

    In her third and final post about the links between the language of Shakespeare and the language of today, BuzzWord author Kerry Maxwell shows how the Bard’s metaphors live on in modern English. _____________ In Australian English, the word seachanger has in recent years become the catchy new way to describe a person who shuns […]

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

    Posted by on November 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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  • Real World English – Holiday and vacation

    Posted by on November 25, 2016

    Welcome to the third in this series of posts on Real World English by Ed Pegg. In this series of videos and blog posts we are looking at how words are used in context around the world and how differences in usage in different countries and cultural contexts can cause misunderstanding. We look at differences […]

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  • Language tip of the week: having a positive attitude

    Posted by on November 24, 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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  • Open Dictionary Word of the Month: jackrabbit

    Posted by on November 23, 2016

    The blog schedule has been rather crowded lately, so this post looks at Open Dictionary submissions for two months, September and October.  Submissions were slightly up in September and again in October, but the number of rejected entries was up too, with approval levels for both months falling below 30% for the first time since […]

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  • ‘Net migration’: when does a term move from policy into the press?

    Posted by on November 21, 2016

    Our latest guest post looks at the fascinating topic of the language used to talk about migration. Will Allen is a Research Officer with The Migration Observatory and the Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS), both based at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the ways that media, public opinion, and policymaking […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 18th November, 2016

    Posted by on November 18, 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: extremely happy because something good has happened

    Posted by on November 17, 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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  • BuzzWord or Bard’s Word?

    Posted by on November 16, 2016

    Much Ado about Apps? The Comedy of Memes? English is a creative language that changes and evolves to reflect the world around it. Because of this, it can be tricky to decipher what’s new and what’s old. Can you figure out which of these words come from the Bard himself and which derive from our […]

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