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Language and words in the news – 21st October, 2016

© Ioannis Kounadeas / Fotolia.comThis 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

Why the Word ‘Fiancé’ Is Falling Out of Fashion
During my yearlong engagement, I never managed to say the word without feeling, somehow, like a jerk. And I am not alone.

Improve your English

That old bad rule-seeking behaviour
Linguistics is great for making you aware of things you were already doing consistently but weren’t consciously aware of.

Words, technology and language

The foreign words that seem like English – but aren’t
The Danish for a carrycot is babylift, Hungarians call jeans farmer pants and the Japanese ofisuredii (‘office lady’) describes a female desk worker.

Europe’s first ruling on Brexit: it’s masculine, unless you’re Italian
The EU may be agreed on its response to Britain’s vote to leave, but on one key question it remains divided: is Brexit masculine or feminine?

An etymology you’ll love or hate: “Marmite”
The famously divisive spread hit the headlines briefly last week. But where does its name come from?


Mr Slang Podcast – Drink
In the first of a new series Jonathon Green and Peter Curran explore the disreputable backstreets of the English language.

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