Language and words in the news – 23rd December, 2016

Posted by on December 23, 2016

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Global English

2016 UK-to-US Word of the Year: gutted
The day after the US election, it became clear to me that the UK-to-US Word of the Year would have to be the adjective gutted.

Language change and slang

The world’s words of the year pass judgement on a dark, surreal 2016
Instead of utopian dreams, we’ve had a year of “post-truth” and “paranoia”, of “refugee” crises, “xenophobia” and a close shave with “fascism”.

Improve your English

Phrase of the day: Christmas Cheer
Despite my mutterings of Bah humbug! in the last post, I do actually like a bit of Christmas cheer.

Words, books and language

Spengler and the Christmas Tree
Clearly a new Age of Miracles has begun. Why it should have begun in Australia, I don’t know.

Dash away all those holiday cliches
‘Tis the season for the tired tropes of the holidays, and several news organizations are declaring war on Christmas cliches.

5 names that mattered in 2016
2016 was a big year for taunting nicknames, which burst from the schoolyard to the national political stage.

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