Language and words in the news – 19th August, 2011

Posted by on August 19, 2011

This post contains a selection of links related to recent 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

Obituary: Robert Robinson
Worth reading for his lines such as the following (regarding weak tea): “You could spear a shark in sixteen fathoms of it”.

New York laundromat doubles as English classroom.
Amid the gurgling of washers and hum of driers at the Magic Touch Laundromat in northern Manhattan, Hector Canonge is teaching English.

Competitive Scrabble may make you smarter.
Competitive Scrabble players develop visual word recognition ability in adulthood.

English Too Easy for Hungarians
Hungary’s government wants to dethrone English as the most common foreign language taught in Hungarian schools.

Poverty of ‘love’ in the English language
In contrast (to English), Greeks have numerous words to express the varieties of love human beings experience.

Trying to raise bilingual kids? How to stay on track when English is easiest.

“What Language Is”: How Bad is Our English?
Excerpted from What Language Is by John McWhorter

Language change and slang

Let every new word bloom
Gentle grumbling from Australia about Americanisms.

That’s So Mysto
What makes slang stick?

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