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Language and words in the news – 20th November, 2015

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Language change and slang

Words journalists write that no one ever says, 2015 edition
Here’s a Storify of the 2015 class of words journalists write that no one ever says.

Global English

Mapping Words Around Australia
As part of the Linguistics Roadshow, we put together a short survey on some Australian English vocabulary. We invited people to fill it in and tell us which words they prefer for particular things, like potato cakes/scallops/fritters.

Books, dictionaries, words and language

The World’s Most Musical Languages
If someone speaks in a monotone in English, other English-speakers can easily understand. But in many languages, pitch is as important as consonants and vowels for distinguishing one word from another.

Teenage apathy for speaking Welsh reveals struggle to keep it as a living language
Teenagers in Wales believe it is important that Welsh remains a living language, but fewer than half believe they will go on to speak it as adults.

‘The Most Coveted and Desirable Book in the World’
The late Dr. Oliver Sacks, neurologist and author extraordinaire, was a big fan of the Oxford English Dictionary.


Linguistics club
A joke for connoisseurs of rare words.

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