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Language and words in the news – 29th August, 2015

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Global English

Hi … hey … hello … Dear reader, how do you start an email?
It’s one of life’s little conundrums many of us are forced to confront every day: what salutation should we use to start an email?

Language change and slang

Girls called Jack and boys named Sue
Of all the social attributes personal names may communicate information about–age, class, ethnicity, gender, religious faith–gender is the one that is communicated most consistently and most reliably.

Books, dictionaries, words and language

Manchester’s first “accent and dialect map” created
The key outcome of this project is a map of Manchester showing five clear dialect areas, with words characterising each.

My wife asks interesting questions about words, and the most recent was “Why do we say ‘bedridden’?”


The most widely spoken languages in the world
If you had 100 people representing the entire world at a party, which languages would they speak? The source data is here.

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