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The future of those tricky “th” sounds
A number of newspapers have reported this week that the “th” sounds will die out by 2066 in British English. How likely is this assertion?
Another dumb book
It’s been a while since reading about a new book on language made the bile rise within me.
Sprucing up the place
And then I thought, “Why do we say that? Does it have anything to do with conifers? Surely not! It must be just a coincidence.”
Words, books, technology and language
Getting real about bad advice
It’s been a while since I posted anything about the policing of women’s language, but that’s not because the police have been idle.
To lure companies after Brexit, France will hold its nose and allow some official business to be done in English
The openness to English is noteworthy for a country where officialdom has historically been protective of its native language.
Deaf children need sign language
The current medical system treats deafness as a problem to be overcome, rather than providing new parents with options, or the support of the Deaf community.