Archive for January, 2017

  • Language and words in the news – 28th January, 2017

    Posted by on January 28, 2017

    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: feeling sad because something has not happened

    Posted by on January 27, 2017

    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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  • Macmillan Dictionary lays down the law

    Posted by on January 25, 2017

    Our first guest post of the new year is by Kevin Pike, who lectures on English for Special Purposes in the field of law at Erlangen University in Germany. Kevin contributed over 500 new and revised legal terms to the latest update of Macmillan Dictionary. _____________ It should be immediately obvious to anyone reading this […]

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  • New year, new words: Macmillan Dictionary’s latest update

    Posted by on January 23, 2017

    Macmillan Dictionary kicks off 2017 with another major update (what we call a “new release”). As always, the hundreds of additions to the dictionary include general vocabulary items referring to things or concepts that didn’t exist before, among them words like cat café, no-platform, and cupcakery. More often, though, a new word will emerge to […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 20th January, 2017

    Posted by on January 20, 2017

    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: feeling sad about life

    Posted by on January 19, 2017

    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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  • Real World English – School

    Posted by on January 17, 2017

    Welcome to the fifth 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 and words in the news – 13th January, 2017

    Posted by on January 13, 2017

    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: feeling sad

    Posted by on January 11, 2017

    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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  • Pearl clutchers, snowflakes, elites and SJWs

    Posted by on January 09, 2017

    In his linguistic review of 2016 last month, editor-in-chief Michael Rundell discussed the rise in people’s use of the word elite and showed how it ‘now seems to mean whatever anyone wants it to mean’. Lane Greene at the Economist reached a similar conclusion, writing that elite is ‘becoming a junk-bin concept used by different […]

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