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Language and words in the news – 12th June, 2015

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Global English

On American r-lessness
In an America new to microphones, the unconscious cultural expectation was that public announcements were couched in a theatrical style.

Language change and slang

Writing about gender identity
Saying that Caitlyn Jenner is in the news is a bit like saying that there are words in the dictionary.

Tweeting Prepositions
I’ve been noticing [tweet at] more and more over the past few months as an alternative and challenge to the traditional and simpler tweet, as in “Tweet me.”

Books, dictionaries, words and language

The Language Myth – Book Review
By all rights, I should be a good audience for this book. I was trained as a linguist in a department that was openly hostile to the language instinct doctrine that this book argues against.

From plitter to drabbletail: the words we love
I miss thee and thou and the verb forms that went with them. And ask myself, why schlep when you can traipse?

10 Fantastic Fog Words
A regular St. Andrews ‘haar;’ and St. Andrews people know what that is.

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