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A Resurgence Of ‘Redneck’ Pride, Marked By Race, Class And Trump
Back in 1989, the historian C. Vann Woodward said that “redneck” is the only epithet for an ethnic minority that’s still permitted in polite company. He could have said the same thing about “hillbilly” or “white trash.”
Words, books, dictionaries and language
Lives in language: John Sinclair
Susan Hunston on the immense contributions to linguistics and lexicography made by John Sinclair.
Do you speak Carioca?
In the wake of the Olympic Games, Colin McIntosh looks at the language of Rio de Janeiro.
Big bad modifier order
A minor Twitter flurry arose when BBC editor Matt Anderson quoted Mark Forsyth, aka The Inky Fool, on adjective word order in English. In this response another Mark (Liberman) digs a bit deeper.
How to be polite
One of a series of cartoons on How to be British.