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

    Posted by on September 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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  • Open Dictionary Word of the Month: fauxmance

    Posted by on September 29, 2016

    Submissions to the Open Dictionary in August were slightly up on July, and approval levels were slightly down at 36%. I mentioned last month entries that I reject with regret because, although they have a certain appeal, there is no independent evidence of their use. The other side of this coin is words that look […]

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  • Language tip of the week: feeling extremely frightened

    Posted by on September 28, 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: swing state

    Posted by on September 27, 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 swing state. A swing state, also known as a battleground state or a purple state, is a state in which no candidate […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 23rd September, 2016

    Posted by on September 23, 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: feeling frightened

    Posted by on September 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 set of language […]

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  • US election word of the week: birther

    Posted by on September 20, 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 birther. Although it is not strictly speaking anything to do with the language of the electoral process, the term birther has dominated […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 16th September, 2016

    Posted by on September 16, 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 feel something

    Posted by on September 15, 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: pivot

    Posted by on September 14, 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 pivot. For months now commentators have been asking: Will he or won’t he? Once Donald Trump has secured the Republican nomination, will […]

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