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Language and words in the news – 31st July, 2015

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Global English

What Makes the Special Olympics “Special”?
Special has meant “having physical or mental deficits” for at least 125 years, and special needs has been around just as long.

Language change and slang

Fresh Air on “policing” young women’s voices
Journalist Jessica Grose is no stranger to criticism of her voice. When she was co-hosting the Slate podcast, the DoubleX Gabfest, she would receive emails complaining about her “upspeak”.

Young women, give up the vocal fry and reclaim your strong female voice
Naomi Wolf weighed in, urging young women to change the way they talk …

Naomi Wolf slammed after telling young women to drop ‘vocal fry’
… with predictable consequences.

Books, dictionaries, words and language

How to memorise an entire foreign dictionary (and become a Scrabble world champion)
New Zealand’s Nigel Richards, who doesn’t speak French, has won the French-language Scrabble world championships.

Poem

Demisemicolonisation
A poem about the forced eviction of the semi-colon from the English language following the Pedants’ Revolt.

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