Language and words in the news – 4th April, 2014

Posted by on April 04, 2014

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Language change and slang

On Internet Slang, IMHO
Otherwise literate adults are intentionally simplifying their online language while inflating their emotional response, all for public consumption.

It’s her personality man’s looking at 
London English has a new pronoun. Young people living in multicultural areas of the inner city use man as an alternative to I.

The Case for Profanity in Print
At a time when readers can simply go online to find the details from more nimble upstarts willing to be frank, the mainstream media need to accurately report language that is central to their stories.

Books, science, dictionaries, words and language

Speed-reading? Slow down a little … and leave time for laughter and tears
So much of what’s valuable about reading isn’t about simply processing words. At its core, reading is about exploration, thinking deeply and following your imagination.

Video

English is crazy!
A dreadful Language? Why man alive!
I learned to talk it when I was five.
And yet to write it, the more I try,
I still haven’t learnt it at twenty-five.

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