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Language and words in the news – 17th July, 2015

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Global English

What ‘Let’s be clear’ really means
In fields other than politics — sports, business — appeals to clarity often precede clear statements. “Let’s be clear: We lost today because we played badly.” In politics, “Let’s be clear” signals opacity ahead.

Some cheeky findings
The cheeky Nando’s meme involved British internet users coming up with ever more incomprehensible (to Americans) explanations of what a cheeky Nando’s means. But how come Americans don’t know what it means?

Language change and slang

When to Use It’s vs Its
Long ago, English was like many other languages in that every noun had a gender: masculine, feminine, or neuter.

Books, dictionaries, words and language

If You See Someone With A Semicolon On Their Body Here’s What It Really Means
These tattoos and drawings aren’t celebrating a punctuation mark; they actually have a deeper symbolism.

Welsh swearing
There’s a kind of myth that there are no swearwords in Welsh, so let me first debunk this, and then we can get onto the HILARITY of Welsh profanity. [Contains some pretty ripe swear words, obviously].

Visual

Extra! Extra! Visual artist takes over Fitchburg, MA front page!
If the rest of America’s newspapers had the vision of those in charge of the Sentinel & Enterprise, the daily paper in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, the newspaper industry might not be almost universally viewed as on its last gasps.

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