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Language change and slang
War of the words: the global conflict that helped shape our language
The neologisms with which the second world war enriched our language range from the utilitarian to the racy.
Really, so many are more interesting than I am
The dear old subjunctive, once so vigorous in Anglo-Saxon, has experienced a long wasting disease in English.
‘ISIS’ vs. ‘ISIL’ vs. ‘Islamic State’: The political importance of a much-debated acronym
ISIS was a name that first belonged to a goddess, and then to thousands of women who took said goddess’s name, before a terrorist group claimed it.
Language teaching and resources
After a long time without many skyscrapers, now more and more are appearing on the London skyline. Join Rob and Neil to find out more and learn some language related to towns and buildings.
Books, technology, words and language
Words journalists write that no one ever says
There are words that fit comfortably in news reports but feel alien in your mouth. After much discussion we came up with a Top 10 list of words rarely spoken or broadcast.
Famous Novelists on Symbolism in Their Work and Whether It Was Intentional
In 1963, a 16-year-old named Bruce McAllister mailed a crude, four-question survey to 150 novelists, asking if they intentionally planted symbolism in their work. He later became an English professor.
International Translation Day
Tuesday was International Translation Day. It was also the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators. Perhaps we should all translate something, just for fun.
How is the brain affected by juggling between different languages and how does this affect identity? 28 minutes.
Which Punctuation Mark Are You?
Are you a comma or a full stop? Or perhaps a semicolon? Take this quiz and find out.
How to order the perfect coffee around the world
Where would you order uma bica, and do you know your cortado from your lágrima? Here’s how to ask for a coffee in 10 cities around the world.
I thought your readers might enjoy this video about the origin of the word “album”, which is the first in a series of etymological videos I’m doing.
I did enjoy the video, Mark. thanks for sharing.