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Language and words in the news – 2nd December, 2016

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© Ioannis Kounadeas / Fotolia.comThis 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.

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Global English

Trevor Noah Says He Grew Up ‘In The Shadow Of A Giant’ (His Mom)
The polyglot Daily Show host reflects on language and identity.

Language change and slang

John McIntyre’s “Rubbish You Were Taught”: Decimate
The word “decimate” has a grisly origin, referring to the ancient Roman practice of killing 10% of an army as a show of punishment. (Video)

Worst. Blog. Post. Ever.
The full stops represent the way Comic Book Guy says the phrase, with a distinct pause between each word.

Words, books and language

A new English word
Since I began the study of Chinese languages half a century ago, there’s one word that I have found very useful and versatile, but extremely hard to translate into English.

Spain is getting rid of streets named after fascist leaders, dedicating them to women instead
Other countries should take note: the lack of streets named after women is far from just a Spanish problem.

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