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  • US election word of the week: convention

    Posted by on July 19, 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 convention. As the Macmillan Dictionary definition shows, a convention is simply a meeting attended by people who belong to a profession or […]

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  • US election words of the week: PAC and super PAC

    Posted by on July 12, 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 PAC and super PAC. In 2012 it cost Barack Obama and Mitt Romney an estimated one billion dollars each to run for […]

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  • Open Dictionary Word of the Month: domestic engineer

    Posted by on July 05, 2016

    Submissions to the Open Dictionary in May were similar in number to April’s, with around one third of submitted entries again being approved for publication. The new entries were the usual mix of recent coinages and new meanings, specialized or technical terms, rare words, abbreviations, and a few standard words and phrases that had just […]

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  • Real Vocabulary: a few concluding thoughts

    Posted by on June 30, 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    Our Real Grammar series showed how the evidence of language in use often undermines or contradicts the made-up or outdated “rules” which some people insist on.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 have brought you blog posts, videos and a quiz that give evidence-based answers to frequently asked questions about vocabulary. ______________ As in our earlier […]

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  • US election word of the week: Trumpmentum

    Posted by on June 28, 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 Trumpmentum. As Donald Trump sweeps towards almost certain Republican nomination next month, it seems like a good time to look at this […]

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  • US election word of the week: presumptive nominee

    Posted by on June 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 presumptive nominee. Having passed the threshold of 1237 delegates he needs to win the Republican nomination, Donald Trump is now the party’s […]

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  • Real Vocabulary Quiz, Question 10: Which is right: “less cars” or “fewer cars”?

    Posted by on June 20, 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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  • 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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  • 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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