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Theresa and other sibilant names
Some very topical advice on how to pronounce the first name of the UK’s new Prime Minister.
Are you a grammar troll?
It’s simply wrong to assume that anyone who types your when they mean you’re doesn’t know the difference.
Lindsay Clandfield and the game changers
Imagine if ELT EdTech was as good as the single player video games that we have now.
Words, books and language
Lives in language: Samuel Johnson
While Johnson’s dictionary was neither the first nor, indeed, the largest dictionary of its day, it was, however, distinctive in a number of ways.
The world’s most efficient languages
Just as fish presumably don’t know they’re wet, many English speakers don’t know that the way their language works is just one of endless ways it could have come out.
Mark Forsyth, otherwise known as the Inky Fool, gave a talk at the University of Pennsylvania about the role of rhetoric in life and politics. (12 minutes)