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Language and words in the news – 23rd March 2012

This 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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Global English

How to speak English like the Irish
To help celebrate St Patrick’s Day, Grammar Girl asked Benny Lewis to tell people how to speak English like the Irish.

Airlinese update
This isn’t my first post from Air Travel Hell, but I would now like to name some names, in both lauding and criticising the same airline.

Improve your English

Trumps and triumphs
It may seem odd that charges in the newspapers are almost invariably trumped up. The cause can be found in a bit of etymology which leads, like all good roads, back to Shakespeare.

Language teaching and resources

A quiz about missing connections
Writing is often compromised by a writer’s failure to think a sentence through to its logical conclusion. Often, along the way, a small but crucial word or phrase is omitted.

Books, words, languages, and science

The new science of the birth and death of words
The paper marks an advance in a new field dubbed “Culturomics”: the application of data-crunching to subjects typically considered part of the humanities.

English that’s good enough
The ideal shouldn’t be mastery of another language, because that’s an unachievable goal. Good-enough English, good-enough French, good-enough Arabic is quite enough.


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  • Thanks for that rooster! There’s been a huge coverage on bilingualism and intelligence recently. Are people finally realising that speaking another language has other benefits besides communication abroad?

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