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Language and words in the news – 29th April, 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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Global English

“Punter’s Chance”; “Punch Above One’s Weight”
I had never encountered punter’s chance, but I knew that in Britain, punter is a common word that has not yet achieved NOOBs status.

Language change and slang

What “XOXO” really means
If you are signing off “Best,” you are clearly in the middle of an intensely legitimate correspondence.

Language teaching and resources

CELTA, the native-speaker bias and possible paths forward
Last week at IATEFL, Silvana Richardson delivered a rousing, righteous plenary tracing the historical roots of – and critiquing – the institutionalised mechanisms and habits of mind that continue to privilege native-speaker teachers over non-natives.

Improve your English

The Old Editor does not dodge the question
Ninety percent of the people you will ever write or edit for think that beg the question means “prompt the question,” “invite the question.”

Words, dictionaries and language

Online dictionaries: What’s wrong with the hippo?
Any thesaurus or list of synonyms can be a bit of a minefield for even advanced learners, but the longer they are, the more obscure the options and the less information given about each one, arguably the more confusing and problematic they become.

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