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

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Global English

the fourth of July
When I have talked about dates here, it’s mostly been about how dates are written. One thing we’ve not really talked about is how we read dates out loud.

Language change and slang

Point of no Breturn
A handy list of links to some of the recent Br- coinages inspired by the EU referendum result (NB the second link currently points to the wrong place).

Improve your English

Do not mispronounce this!
I will understand if you non-Canadians are mystified by the ingredients, which are french fries, cheese curds, and gravy.

Words, books and language

McCrum’s 100 best ways to ruin the 4th of July
Purists often assert the non sequitur that none means “not one” and thus should take singular as one does. They imagine that grammar is parasitic on logic. Not so.

Frankenstrunk: Birth of a monster
Here’s the piece by Jan Freeman that Professor Pullum refers to, reformatted and liberated from behind the paywall.


Political women and language
Laurie Taylor talks to Professor Deborah Cameron about her analysis of the performances of the three female party leaders who took part in televised debates during the 2015 UK General Election campaign (15 minutes, starts just before 13 minutes in).

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