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Language and words in the news – 1st July, 2016

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Global English

The best Brexit Britishisms: How a gormless crapspatula Cameron left the UK in omnishambles
We have been left without vocabulary, and not only because of Brexit, but the expressions the Britons have used to describe their own state of mind.

Language change and slang

Branger. Debression. Oexit. Zumxit. Why Did Brexit Trigger a Brexplosion of Wordplay?
Why did we collectively turn to the wordplay of these brortmanteaux and portmanteauxits in the immediate wake of the EU referendum results?

Why Donald Trump Is Smart to Swear
It seems that the potential benefits of swearing are thought to outweigh the potential disadvantages.

Words, books and language

A Linguist Explains Emoji and What Language Death Actually Looks Like
If you pay attention to the emoji news, you’ve probably heard the statement that “emoji will cause the death of English”. But this statement isn’t just hyperbole, it’s got a truly spectacular number of incorrect assumptions packed into its seven words.

10 Things That All Translators Secretly Hate
Who doesn’t love a good joke? A translator, that’s who.

Cartoon

The price of strawberries
In the first week of the Wimbledon tournament, cartoonist Matt brings together post-referendum economic turmoil and the tennis fan’s archetypal treat.

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