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Language and words in the news – 6th May, 2016

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Global English

15 Corker Cricket Terms, Deciphered
While cricket is often thought of as a British sport, evidence of the game being played in the U.S. dates back to the early 1700s.

Language change and slang

There’s nowt wrong with dialects
Stan Carey on the wrongness of attempts to police children’s language.

A matter of opinion
People who write opinion pieces on language (or give ‘expert’ advice on language) have got it into their heads that hedging is the enemy of effective communication.

Improve your English

Against all odds/against the odds
At the beginning of the season, the odds of Leicester winning were 5000 to 1.

Words, dictionaries and language

Is that really a word or did you just make it up?
What if you’ve used a word your whole life, and then you find out nobody else uses it and you can’t find it in standard dictionaries? Is it still a word?

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