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How to speak the language of football
Football has developed a voracious appetite for stealing, commandeering and recycling phrases from elsewhere for its own (invariably clumsy) purposes.
The Monstrous Words Lurking in Your Language
We’re often told we should use language “correctly” but in fact performance errors are a natural part of speaking language.
The downs and ups of “bounce”
Bounce suggests a liveliness and springiness: the bounce of a ball or the bounce in one’s step. But originally, bounce was the very opposite.
Words, books, technology and language
The week in patents: Facebook becomes multilingual
Facebook has developed language dialect technology that creates and tunes classifiers for language dialects and generates dialect-specific language modules.
Beyond “Mama” and “Dada”: Why Babies Learn Certain Words
Tardif’s earlier work had shown that English-speaking children learn nouns first, almost exclusively, whereas Mandarin-speaking children’s early spoken vocabulary has many more verbs than nouns.
My god ate my homework
A new twist on an old excuse.