Posts Tagged ‘American English’

  • Real World English – Holiday and vacation

    Posted by on November 25, 2016

    Welcome to the third in this series of posts on Real World English by Ed Pegg. In this series of videos and blog posts we are looking at how words are used in context around the world and how differences in usage in different countries and cultural contexts can cause misunderstanding. We look at differences […]

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  • US election word of the week: electoral college

    Posted by on November 08, 2016

    Welcome to the final post in our series looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process. As the election finally takes place we look at a vital part of the process, the Electoral College. The Electoral College was established by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution as a compromise […]

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  • US election word of the week: POTUS

    Posted by on November 02, 2016

    Our series looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process is coming to an end. As election day approaches we look at one of the familiar names given to the President, POTUS. My first encounter with the term POTUS as a nickname for the President of the United States […]

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  • US election word of the week: bigly

    Posted by on October 25, 2016

    In this series we are looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process in the run-up to the Presidential election in November. This week’s word is bigly. For linguists, the language of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is the gift that just keeps on giving. Along with locker room […]

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  • US election word of the week: war chest

    Posted by on October 18, 2016

    In this series we are looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process in the run-up to the Presidential election in November. This week’s word is war chest. A candidate fighting an election in the US needs a great deal of money: it is estimated that the last presidential […]

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  • US election word of the week: spin room

    Posted by on October 11, 2016

    In this series we are looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process in the run-up to the Presidential election in late 2016. This week’s word is spin room. It has become customary following political debates for staff and supporters of the different candidates to gather in a so-called […]

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  • US election word of the week: red state, blue state

    Posted by on October 05, 2016

    In this series we are looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process in the run-up to the Presidential election in late 2016. This week’s words are red state and blue state. In last week’s post on swing states, we mentioned the alternative term purple state, so named because […]

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  • US election word of the week: swing state

    Posted by on September 27, 2016

    In this series we are looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process in the run-up to the Presidential election in late 2016. This week’s word is swing state. A swing state, also known as a battleground state or a purple state, is a state in which no candidate […]

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  • US election word of the week: birther

    Posted by on September 20, 2016

    In this series we are looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process in the run-up to the Presidential election in late 2016. This week’s word is birther. Although it is not strictly speaking anything to do with the language of the electoral process, the term birther has dominated […]

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  • US election word of the week: pivot

    Posted by on September 14, 2016

    In this series we are looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process in the run-up to the Presidential election in late 2016. This week’s word is pivot. For months now commentators have been asking: Will he or won’t he? Once Donald Trump has secured the Republican nomination, will […]

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