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Language and words in the news – 8th January, 2016

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Language change and slang

Dinter, bitz and gwop: a guide to youth slang in 2016
The new language used by the young is not one unified dialect but an intersection of styles, with vocabulary drawn from a number of sources.

Global English

Togs or swimmers? Why Australians use different words to describe the same things
Is Australia about to descend into civil war over whether a deep-fried potato snack is rightfully called a “potato cake” or a “potato scallop”? From some recent headlines, you might be forgiven for thinking so.

Words, books, dictionaries and language

Pick a word, any word, to guide you through 2016
Here’s a slightly different take on the Word of the Year idea.

Why Do I Have to Call This App ‘Julie’?
Julie isn’t a real person. Julie is an app. Not human. Software. It is artificial intelligence that a start-up has dressed up with a woman’s name and feminine pronouns.


The Palindrome Family

Palindromic humour from Bizarro Comics.

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