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Language and words in the news – 29th May, 2015

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Global English

Lemon Iced Tea/Iced Lemon Tea
English can stack multiple adjectives in a noun phrase. Here, the different order appears to reflect different ideas about what item is being modified.

Language change and slang

‘Cheeky Nando’s’
Is your iced tea washing down a cheeky Nando’s? Brits know exactly what it means, Americans appear baffled.

Improve your English

First things first
Premier, an adjective meaning “foremost,” “first in importance, rank, or position,” is very old in English. Premiere, in the sense of “a first performance or showing of a play or film,” was a later arrival.

Books, dictionaries, words and language

In A Digital Chapter, Paper Notebooks Are As Relevant As Ever
I confess. I’m a notebook nut. I own dozens and dozens of them.

A Growth Spurt
Merriam-Webster has just added 2,400 new and not-so-new words and senses to its Unabridged dictionary.


Why is Y sometimes a vowel?
Why can’t it just decide whether it’s a vowel or a consonant? Here’s why Y has so much trouble categorizing itself.

Why GIFs are the Words of the Future
Adam Leibsohn thinks words are set to be replaced by GIFs.

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