Language and words in the news – 29th June 2012Posted by Liz Potter on June 29, 2012
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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.
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.
“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
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”.
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.