Week in review: 12 June, 2009Posted by Jonathan Cole on June 12, 2009
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The Millionth word story botched.
‘… it is boring, boring, boring.’
‘Octomom’ joins the English language — but who owns it?
Why we all need our own secret slang.
An obscure slang last used by Elizabethan thieves is undergoing something of a revival … in prisons.
Federer puts English on the ball.
Why Federer’s acceptance speech was in English.
Blogs and columnists
USA: The language we choose has helped shape U.S. energy debate.
‘Foreign’ is code for the Middle East,’ Ms. Bosley said.
Be part of a space mission: help ESA name next European mission to the ISS.
Neologisms and the like.
That’s a Yoke, Son.
‘The core was syzyg-, and it has given us some strange words.’
Learning English pronunciation. Funny clip with Steve Martin.Email this Post
The Steve Martin clip is hilarious – thanks for the hearty laugh. But what’s wrong with the teacher – he said it well the first time! I teach English in Italy, and I’ve come to the conclusion over the years that “breaking down” in that way is useless. I like to do the opposite and get students to repeat the whole sentence with intonation and rhythm (very different from Italian). That’s also hilarious at times – a good reason for using it in the classroom.