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Language and words in the news – 28th January, 2017

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Global English

The great American word mapper
Where the top 100,000 words are used the most, as seen through Twitter data.

Language change and slang

The surprising history of ‘snowflake’ as a political insult
As 2016 dawned, snowflake made its way to the mainstream and, in the process, evolved into something more vicious.

Improve your English

Needs must when the devil drives
The word “needs” here is a very old adverb meaning “of necessity,” “necessarily,” or “unavoidably.”

Words, books, technology and language

Recovering the Doves Type
Disguised by darkness, he made around 170 trips to the Hammersmith Bridge to tip small parcels into the water at night, the splashes concealed by passing traffic.

A linguist explains how to write protest signs that everyone will remember
When you make a protest sign, you’re working with considerable linguistic constraints.

The year in language 2016
From “selfie” to “woke,” Google searches reveal how we adopt new words.

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