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Language and words in the news – 24th December, 2015

© GETTYThis post contains a selection of links related to language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Since it’s Christmas Eve, all the posts are related to the festive season. The blog will be taking a short break and will be back in the New Year.

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Language change and slang

There will be no ultimate answer to the origin of egg-nog.

Global English

12 Days of Wordlady: Partridge
I somehow missed this series of posts last year. There are twelve of them, making them perfect for a good browse over the holiday period.

Christmas words, books and language

Christmas gift-bringers of Europe
Each country (or region) has its own traditional Christmas gift-bringer.

Medieval Festive Survival Guide
A fun listicle from the British Library.

Not one but three versions of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer in Latin.

How we made: The Muppet Christmas Carol
When I met Michael Caine to talk about playing Scrooge, one of the first things he said was: “I’m going to play this movie like I’m working with the Royal Shakespeare Company.”


All of the other reindeer…
Rudolph again.

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