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Language and words in the news – 11th March, 2016

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Global English

So American is a language, eh?
Though I may have found ways to insert “Mr. Moose” or “the prime minister” in my previous posts on Strikeout, that didn’t hide the somewhat-ugly truth — I was losing my sense of Canadian language.

Improve your English

In a word: stentorian
Stentor, the loud-voiced Greek herald of the Trojan War, gives us the eponymous stentorian, meaning “very loud”.

Words, books, dictionaries and language

Negative stereotypes, utterly destroyed?
We tend to zero in on the intended meaning of a statement thanks to context, regardless of its surface sense.

‘Quotations “within quotations”: the Russian doll of punctuation’
If you do use them, and quote within a quote, the second quote takes single quotation marks.

Cartoon

Punny cartoon
What did one violinist say to the other violinist?

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