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To offensively split infinitives
I like the Economist and admire its commitment to a clear, plain style of writing. This makes it harder to excuse its perplexing stance on split infinitives.
30 Things British People Say Vs What We Actually Mean
If you’ve been following the Life Skills posts elsewhere on the website, you may appreciate the pragmatics of these things British people say.
I Talked Tech with my Students
Get on any subway in Korea and you’ll be confronted with rows of people staring down at their smart devices playing games, reading news or catching up on last night’s drama.
Books, science, dictionaries, words and language
The Secret Rules of Adjective Order
It is a lovely warm August day outside, and I am wearing a green loose top. Does the second part of that sentence sound strange to you?
Essays in English yield information about other languages
Computer scientists have discovered an unexpected source of information about the world’s languages: the habits of native speakers of those languages when writing in English.
Où est le punchline? The art of standup in a second language.
As if standup wasn’t hard enough, some comedians do it in languages other than their own.
Now You Can Use The Word ‘Selfie’ In Scrabble
‘Qigong’ and ‘selfie’ are among 5,000 additions to the latest edition of the popular word game’s official dictionary, released just in time for the US national championships on August 9th.
I’ve got a word for Scrabble champions: mathematicians
Finally, an explanation of why I’m a bit rubbish at Scrabble. Scrabble is not for people who love words and language; it’s for people who like patterns.
Newsy Video: United Airlines Sends Perhaps The Worst Apology Note Ever
Oops! A United Airlines employee forgot to fill in the blanks when sending an apology letter to a customer, and now everyone on the Internet knows about it.