Language and words in the news – 10th August 2012Posted by Liz Potter on August 10, 2012
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Snollygosters and Presidents
Here’s the inkyfool himself, Mark Forsyth, creator of one of my favourite language blogs, talking about how the leader of the free world came to be known as the President.
‘Espanglish’ and the Royal Spanish Academy
Recently the Royal Spanish Academy has included “espanglish” in its official dictionary. Does that mean Spanglish is now sanctioned and acceptable as a variant of Spanish?
Conscience vs. Conscious
What’s the difference between conscience and conscious? They stem from the same Latin root, but their usage is distinct.
P is for Postmodern method
Language learning, whether classroom-based or naturalistic, whether in an EFL or an ESL context, is capricious, opportunistic, idiosyncratic and seldom amenable to external manipulation.
Books, dictionaries, words and languages
Envoy’s wife creates first Japanese-Albanian dictionary
As a lexicographer who has always worked in teams, I’m fascinated by the brave souls who produce dictionaries on their own. That’s what the wife of the Albanian ambassador to Japan has done.
The Worst Font in the World
Before the London Olympics turned into such an unexpected success, knocking them was something of a national sport. This was Simon Garfield’s judgement on the font chosen for London 2012.
A Dictionary of Despicable Words
The Atlantic Wire asked its readers for their most hated words. Here’s what they came up with.
Olympic ghost town
This cartoon by Schrank from The Independent relates to reports that the Olympics have turned parts of London into a ‘ghost town’.