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Language change and slang
What the English of Shakespeare, Beowulf, and King Arthur actually sounded like
Let’s hop into a time machine and go back to the England of yore!
Place names in Jamaica
A list of place names and their origins from the National Library of Jamaica, via languagehat.
Improve your English
It’s gross: why do we call them groceries?
A friend of mine recently asked why we can only shop for groceries, not for a single grocery.
Language teaching and resources
Incidental learning – ways to practise a language
Sometimes the most effective way to learn is to do something else entirely.
Books, science, words and language
After learning new words, brain sees them as pictures
When we look at a known word, our brain sees it like a picture, not a group of letters needing to be processed.
Fracas and its many synonyms
The term fracas has been in the UK news for some weeks now. People on Twitter have been having a lot of fun with it.
English language and linguistics surveys
You can help out Sussex University language and linguistics students by taking part in their online surveys.
17 Old Proverbs We Should Use More Often
Did you know that a peck of March dust is worth a king’s ransom? read here to find out why.
Terry Pratchett again
A cartoonist’s tribute to Terry Pratchett and his imaginary worlds.
There has been a lot of hoo-ha about the reburial of the last Plantagenet king of England, Richard III, in Leicester cathedral. Here’s a poem written for the occasion by the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.
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