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Clambering Is Best Done Without a Clamor
In youth, my friends and I found the need to create a word for the practice of finding an obvious path up the side of a building and making an ascent, an activity that was rarely practiced but often spoken about. The word that sprung to mind was clabbing.
‘Making strange’ in Ireland
The verb phrase make strange means to act up or be nervous or shy, etc., when encountering a stranger or strange situation.
Semicolons: How To Use Them, And Why You Should
The semicolon represents nuance, a gray space between an unbroken thought and two entirely separate ones.
Learn English games
The British Council’s Learn English website and Facebook page were worthy third place winners in our Love English awards. You can try some of their fun language-learning games here.
Books, dictionaries, words and language
There Is No ‘Proper English’
It is well past time to consign grammar pedantry to the history books.
The 50 books every child should read
Some great stuff on this list, but it’s weak on more recent writers and contains several books that most children would not necessarily enjoy. See what you think.
We counted literally every road in America. Here’s what we learned.
Jeff Guo has counted all the street names in the US, to find out which one is the most popular.
Most common street names by country in Europe
And someone is doing the same for the commonest street names in the countries of Europe. Plus there’s an opportunity to help with crowdsourcing the data.
A Brief Tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett’s Death
There have been countless tributes to Terry Pratchett. This one focuses on one of his most oddly endearing characters, Death.
Correctness isn’t everything.