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Language and words in the news – 18th June, 2016

© Ioannis Kounadeas / Fotolia.comThis 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

An editor at the still point of a turning world
As far as the Old Editor can discern, the lie/lay distinction is essentially gone in U.S. speech and slowly vanishing in writing.

Language change and slang

Bird Talk
As a slang lexicographer I have long espoused the men-only theory. I am no longer so sure.

Words, books and language

Syntactic Self-Harm on St. James’s Street
They were baiting me, I conjectured, because I had repeatedly mocked their absurd allegiance to the zombie rule banning split infinitives.

UK’s oldest hand-written document ‘at Roman London dig’
Roman tablets discovered during an excavation in London include the oldest hand-written document ever found in Britain, archaeologists have revealed.

Humour

Say What? The Best Chinglish from Two Years in China
One of the simple pleasures I enjoyed during my time in China was coming across delightfully confusing or inappropriate English translations, or Chinglish.

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