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Who is right? Dictionary and academic in Twitter row over grammar rule
A Twitter debate has ignited over the opinion-dividing use of they as a singular pronoun.
‘It’s just a joke’: the subtle effects of offensive language
Despite changing attitudes towards women and minority groups, sexist and offensive jokes remain common.
The UK’s Open University has introduced a free course which introduces users to the functional approach to grammar of Michael Halliday and others, known as Systemic Functional Linguistics.
Words, books and language
George R. R. Martin’s invented language in A Game of Thrones
Martin uses roots and sounds that would be familiar to English speakers in order to give a frisson of recognition to many of his invented words.
Unforced Errors, Dog Whistles and the Latest Campaign Buzz Words
Ben Zimmer talks about political language and how certain words are often used (and misused) by candidates, just in time for the conventions. (31 minutes)