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Language and words in the news – 27th May, 2016

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Global English

Punctuation points are de rigueur in text messages and short emails and Facebook comments, so much so that responding “Great.” instead of “Great!” to an invitation for drinks can come off as decidedly unenthusiastic and possibly sarcastic.

Language change and slang

Everything you ever wanted to know about snowclones, but were afraid to ask
This week I learned that these artfully repurposed examples of phrases that have passed into common usage actually have a name – snowclones.

Improve your English

On a Collision Course With Reality
According to the AP Stylebook, a car cannot collide with a tree, because the tree is not moving, and it can only collide with another car if that other car is moving.

Words, dictionaries, technology and language

Why does Britain have such bizarre place names?
The drive from the town of Much Wenlock to Ashby-de-la-Zouch is 60 miles east across the English Midlands. In an hour and a quarter you will have covered the great sweep of British history.

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