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Language and words in the news – 14th August, 2015

© Ioannis Kounadeas / FotoliaThis 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

Sah-ry, eh? We’re in the midst of the Canadian Vowel Shift
Out with “oot.” No more “aboot.” Canada is talking with a New Speak.

Language change and slang

Sweary as ****
The abbreviation af has been showing up regularly in digital communications for a number of years. Warning: this post, from the Strong Language blog, contains a lot of strong language.

Books, dictionaries, words and language

Why the language we use to talk about refugees matters so much
Language is inherently political, and the language used to describe migrants and refugees is politicized.

In the words of young Germans, just ‘merkeln’
Angela Merkel inspires German dictionary manufacturer’s youth word of 2015.

Meet The Obscure Exclamation Comma: Because Excitement Can Happen In The Middle Of A Sentence
The exclamation comma is, as its name suggests, a symbol that looks like an exclamation point, only with a comma instead of a period at its base.


A new political lexicon
One cartoonist’s take on the language used to talk about migrants.

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