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Slangs of New York
Martin Scorsese’s film Gangs of New York (2002) has a special feature on the DVD called ‘Five Points Vocabulary’.
Open Pandora’s Box
As a wedding present, Zeus gave Pandora a lovely locked box and said she could keep it – on the condition that it was never opened.
Words, books and language
Potted profiles of the language of football in (most of) the countries taking part in Euro 2016.
8 changes that were made to a classic Richard Scarry book to keep up with the times
Scarry started publishing books in the 1950s, when times were a little different. So some of the details were quietly updated.
English Spelling Is a Mess. It’s Time to Reform It.
Etymologist and poet Anatoly Liberman says English is one of the most difficult languages to spell. But we can change that. (28 minutes)