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Language change and slang
Anti-gay politics and the word homosexual
Throughout my life, I’ve heard words referring to gay people tossed around as casual insults, often used as weapons against people who are not themselves gays or lesbians.
Stan Carey’s witty tweet, championed by Superlinguo, is continuing to prove very popular.
Language teaching and resources
English for the Zombie Apocalypse
Communication is a vital skill when you’re facing the end of the world. And when the zombie apocalypse comes, chances are people will be communicating in English.
Improve your English
How to give more persuasive presentations: A Q&A with Nancy Duarte
If you’ve ever admired the easy panache of TED presenters, here’s the lowdown on how to do it.
Books, words, language and politics
Vape, Lolz and Obvs Are Now Official Scrabble Words
Will civilization crumble?
Breaking point: is the writing on the wall for the paragraph?
This texty, Tweety, Viney world has apparently already so degraded our attention spans that we can’t concentrate on anything for longer than it takes to tie a shoelace.
Were I like thee I’d throw myself away
I was at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford last night, so I’m in the mood for this ‘grand taxonomy of Shakespearean insults’.
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