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Language and words in the news – 10th March, 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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Language change and slang

Self-care
Over the last couple of years, I’ve been hearing the term self-care a lot, and it’s clear to me that its usage falls on a spectrum.

Improve your English

Why Do People Say ‘Bias’ Instead of ‘Biased’?
If a sound is often missing in speech, it’s likely to get left off in writing, too.

Words, books, dictionaries, and language

Selfie, alt-right and pre-drinks added to new English-Irish dictionary
The first new English-Irish Dictionary in over 50 years has been published online (I worked on this – on the English side, needless to say – so feeling a tiny share in the pride).

Sounds fascinating
John Wells published a new book on phonetics and phonology back in October. Hope someone reviews it soon.

How a Portuguese-to-English Phrasebook Became a Cult Comedy Sensation
English as She Is Spoke (or O novo guia da conversação em portuguez e inglez) was originally intended to help Portuguese speakers dabble in the English tongue, but was penned by a man who spoke little to no English himself.

Fun

What Happens When Bookstore Employees Get Bored
The Librairie Mollat in France is attracting quite a lot of attention to their Instagram page after employees started noticing how closely their store’s books resembled their customers and themselves.

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