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Leave off, will you? Britain should celebrate ‘regional’ accents
British parliamentarian and shadow cabinet minister Angela Rayner has recently been the victim of online abuse because of the way she speaks.
A “shocking” etymology
The word shock originally referred to a military clash.
Language barrier leaves refugees facing struggle to rebuild their lives
The study, Optimising Refugee Resettlement in the UK, found women, along with teenagers who had missed core education because of turmoil in their home country, faced the biggest barriers to integration.
Words, books, dictionaries and language
Most common surnames in Britain and Ireland revealed
The team, led by the University of the West of England, analysed sources dating from the 11th to the 19th century to fully explain the origins of the names.
Interpreting the alien interpreters in the movie Arrival
It got us wondering — what if aliens were to visit us for real? How would we communicate with them?
There Is a Crack in Everything, That’s How the Light Gets In: Leonard Cohen on Democracy and Its Redemptions
Trained as a poet and ordained as a Buddhist monk, Leonard Cohen (September 21, 1934–November 7, 2016) is our patron saint of sorrow and redemption.