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Language change and slang
Before you tweet your outrage about grammar…
You get to use whatever language is consistent with your tastes and apt to the purpose. What you do not get to do is to impose your idiosyncratic preferences as strictures on other writers and speakers.
The bacteria has been decimated: how much should we care about what words used to mean?
The thing is, if you want to use “bacterium”, or only use “decimate” to mean “reduce by a tenth”, then you can, of course. It’s a stylistic preference.
The Long Voyage of Mission Creep
‘Mission creep,’ a phrase with roots in the early 1990s, has been creeping back into the political conversation.
Please Advise Your Verb of Choice
Stan Carey has some fun with business speak’s propensity for linguistic pomposity.
anti-clockwise and counterclockwise
Why do UK and US have different words for going in a circle as if going backward(s) on a clock? Blogger lynneguist has some answers.
Language teaching and resources
What publishers and writers can do about piracy right now … and in the future
In a follow-up to the recent post about ELT piracy, Mike Boyle suggests some steps that could be taken.
Why students need to be Han Solo
Han Solo was definitely an autonomous learner. Orphaned at a young age, he dropped out of formal education at 8 and taught himself to read.
Books, science, dictionaries, words and language
Alice is 150 next year
Macmillan is marking the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll by re-releasing a number of fiction and non-fiction titles in 2015. The highlights include a reprint of the abbreviated The Little Folks’ Edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, first published in 1903, with the original Tenniel illustrations.
Lack of languages stifles Brits and Americans
More on the ongoing debate about English speakers’ lack of foreign language skills.
What Language Should I Learn?
And for would-be polyglots, here are some thoughts on which languages we should be learning.
Le Tour de Londres
Cartoonist Matt on the Cambridge-London stage of the Tour de France.
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