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Language and words in the news – 26th November, 2016

© Ioannis Kounadeas / Fotolia.comThis 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.

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Global English

Silicon Valley jargon deepens California divide
You can’t talk to people in Silicon Valley anymore. They don’t even speak our language.

Language change and slang

The history of ‘cotch’: from Victorians to Grime artists
Linguistically, the Grime genre is full of language with interesting histories, and just one of these words is ‘cotch’.

Skepta, grime and urban British youth language: a guide
Skepta’s Mercury Prize win brings grime back into the mainstream, and in doing so shines a spotlight on the ever-changing language of Britain’s urban youth.

Words, books, dictionaries and language

The English words pinched and reinvented by the French
From brushing to recordman, a tongue-in-cheek glossary of English words repurposed in French.

Darwin and the theory of evolution
The Origin of Species was published 157 years ago this week. Here’s an account of his life and work.

Radio

The Post-factual Verb
The term post-factual has been in the news this week. BBC Radio 3’s The Verb delves into its meaning and uses.

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