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Language and words in the news – 10th February, 2017

© Ioannis Kounadeas / Fotolia.comThis 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.

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Global English

Jackie Kennedy’s strange, elegant accent, explained by linguists
If you’re not aware of how Jackie Kennedy spoke, listening to Portman’s Jackie is like the tingle of soda in your throat.

Language change and slang

A brief history of Polari: the curious after-life of the dead language for gay men
In early February, the Church of England College expressed regret that in an evening liturgy in Cambridge, God was referred to as the Duchess.

Improve your English

Trump’s ‘Use’ of ‘Quotation Marks’
Many of my students reach for quotation marks when they realize they’ve written a cliché.

Words, dictionaries, and language

Dumpster Fire, Brexit, Fake News: Why are there so many Words of the Year?
I bet alternative facts does win Word of the Year—if only because there are so many Words of the Year these days.

How to give your pet a cool name
Radio 4’s Word of Mouth has been looking at the most popular names for dogs and some of the wackiest. (Also a podcast).

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