Language and words in the news – 29th June 2012

Posted by on June 29, 2012

This post contains a selection of links related to language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Feel free to contact us if you would like to submit a link for us to include, or just add a comment to the post, with the link(s) you’d like to share.

Global English

Britisher living in Sri Lanka honoured by the Queen
Michael Meyler was  awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire)in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2012 for his services to the English Language.  His Dictionary of Sri Lankan English contains approximately 2,500 examples of words and expressions which are characteristic of the English spoken in Sri Lanka.

Language change and slang

The Most Annoying, Pretentious and Useless Business Jargon
The next time you feel the need to reach out, touch base, shift a paradigm, leverage a best practice or join a tiger team, by all means do it. Just don’t say you’re doing it.

Improve your English

Fanfare for the comma man
Stan Carey linked to this article in his recent post about the comma, but here is is again for anyone who missed it.

Language teaching and resources

“It Is I” versus “It Is Me”
Grammar Girl here, or actually for this episode I should say, “ ‘Tis I, Grammar Girl, here to help you understand when to use the words I and me.”

Books, words, dictionaries and languages

The Rains
A friend of mine was telling me the other day how happy he had been before “the rains came”. There’s something beautifully biblical about “the rains”.

Podcast

Brighton Fringe Festival Podcast #1
This is the first of three podcast episodes recorded by MED Love English award winner Luke Thompson with comedians Alex Love, Paul Langton and Moz at the Brighton Fringe Festival.

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