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