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The “usage wars” are coming to an end, and good sense is winning
Over the decades, the two sides have traded insults; prescribers are authoritarians in denial about the real world and describers are permissivists with no standards.
Your Top 5 of grammatical errors in English?
A masters student in linguistics at Leiden University would like to know your top 5 grammatical errors for a piece of research he is doing.
Vocabulary apps: organising the content
If you’re going to teach vocabulary, you need to organise it in some way. Almost invariably, this organisation is topical.
Words, books, technology and language
Facebook’s new DeepText AI categorizes everything you write
Of course, the privacy implications might rattle some people. Facebook is now highlighting that it scans the content of your private messages.
‘Legendary’ first edition of Alice in Wonderland set for auction at $2-3m
A “legendary” first edition of Alice in Wonderland – one of just 22 known copies in existence, after Lewis Carroll withdrew the entire print run – is due to be auctioned in New York.