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Speak plainly: are we losing the war against jargon?
What Sir Ernest Gowers hated above all was jargon – partly because it was impossible to understand, and partly because it demeaned people by making them feel stupid.
That self-conscious quality has only increased in recent years, as befits a meta age. Most notably, the phrase “That awkward moment when … ” is fully viral…
Leeds school to teach English as foreign language
A secondary school in Leeds at which more than three-quarters of pupils do not have English as a mother tongue has introduced lessons for all pupils to teach them English as a foreign language.
Linguist Reveals How To Negotiate With People From Around The World
Lewis’ diagrams show how cultures communicate during meetings, with wider shapes showing greater conversational range, obstacles marked in gray, and cultural traits noted as well.
The curious world of public information posters
They were colourful, creative and conveyed serious messages to the British public. And although many of them were published half a century ago, many of the issues featured in the public information posters of the mid-20th Century remain important today.