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Louche and louching
Louche came into English in 1819, but it didn’t mean what it means now.
How do you pronounce “schedule”?
The pronunciation of the word “schedule” is something that provokes quite virulent debate, with some members of each camp feeling that only theirs is “correct”.
One syllable adjectives with comparative ‘more’ instead of -er
The following monosyllabic adjectives virtually always take the ‘more’ and ‘most’ form instead of the endings -er and -est (note the all-important qualifier ‘virtually’).
Which or That? Who Cares?
If you’re a speaker/writer of American English (AmE), these two relative pronouns may well strike terror into your heart. Which one to use? How to keep them straight in your head?
It’s a while since we’ve linked to one of Kieran Donaghy’s lovely film-based lessons, so here’s a pre-intermediate and intermediate level one about doing household chores (well, it’s not really about that).
Books, dictionaries, words and language
Translation matters: The unsung heroes of world literature
A great piece on translation from the great Anthea Bell.
Internet slang meets American sign language
The Deaf community works as a network, collectively brainstorming new sign language terms over the web, until dominant signs emerge.
Noam Chomsky on Language Acquisition
BBC Radio 4 has some great animations on the History of Ideas. Here’s one narrated by Gillian Anderson on Chomsky’s theory of language acquisition. (Note: other theories of language acquisition are available).
Language Quiz: Are You on Fleek?
Another short quiz, this time on internet slang.