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What’s Going On with the Way Canadians Say ‘About’?
Everyone knows what Canadians are supposed to sound like: they are a people who pronounce “about” as “aboot” and add “eh” to the ends of sentences.
B objects to N’s guv ‘sir’ (used for a boss). B sees it as inappropriately informal: too matey.
Word of the day
London Language Lab has a very useful Word (or Phrase) of the Day feature, often focusing on useful chunks like such is life and how the other half lives.
Words, books, technology and language
The subtle art of translating foreign fiction
Some days later, in bed, I began reading it. The shock was tremendous, disorienting.
Dr Phillipa Rewaj explains how Speak:Unique, the Voicebank Research Project came about and how speech is central to maintaining identity and quality of life.
7½ minutes of Sean Bean swearing
If you are a fan of Sean Bean and/or Sharpe and/or the humorous effects of cumulative (pretty mild) swearing, watch this. If you aren’t, don’t. (WARNING: contains swearing)