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Language and words in the news – 16th October, 2015

© Ioannis Kounadeas / FotoliaThis post contains a selection of links related to language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular.

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Language change and slang

This is exciting
I can’t tell you exactly where “excited for” arose, but it is very common amongst people under 35, and appears to have been in use by them for at least the last 10 years.

The terrible sea lion
This witty cartoon is not new, but the artist is new to me and it’s  a nice companion piece to the latest BuzzWord.

Books, science, words and language

Why the Word “Moist” Makes Your Skin Crawl.
Why are some people perfectly fine with words like “moist” while others are so disgusted by them?

Babies May Need to Move Their Tongues to Understand Speech
A new study finds that babies can distinguish between sounds better if they can move their tongue.

How to Celebrate Dictionary Day
Today is both Noah Webster’s birthday and, especially in the US, Dictionary Day. Here are some ideas on how to celebrate.


Apostrophe misuse sparks riots and civil unrest across England
“I’m sorry, but there’s only so much a man can take,” said Professor of pedantry at Essex University, Stephen Emmsworth.

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