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Language and words in the news – 25th September, 2015

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Language change and slang

Dear Pedants: Your Fave Grammar Rule is Probably Fake
It’s great that so many people are engaged with their own language, but we sure can be judgmental about it.

Global English

Particitrousers of the revolutionary movement
A few years ago, we learned of an edition of War and Peace for Barnes & Noble’s Nook e-reader in which all instances of Kindle were replaced with Nook, leading to sentences like “It was as if a light had been Nookd…”

Language teaching and resources

A Beginner’s Guide to Teaching Online
The third and final part of the series is about sharing materials.

Books, dictionaries, words and language

Historical Thesaurus of Scots
We’ve mentioned this project before, but it has been in the news again because the canny editors have been publicizing the fact that they have recorded no fewer than 421 Scots words for snow; or, more accurately, terms related to snow. It’s fascinating stuff in any case.

Is Hamlet fat?
What if our mental image of Hamlet is wrong? What if the grieving, vengeful prince is actually fat?

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