Romantic English

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This page contains a growing list of resources regarding romantic English.

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Romantic English – our blog posts

What’s your English 2011? A new year with a new approach
This year we’re trying a new angle. We’re going to look at the way contexts and situations influence the language we use. Partly, this means the sublanguages I mentioned earlier: we’ll investigate the words and phrases people use when they’re talking about sport, engaging in business, or discussing environmental issues. And partly, it’s about who you are.

When we hear the word together, we think naturally of couples, bonds, relationships – often our own – and also of larger collectives: families, social groups, and various communal sets and categories.

Become Wordster of the Week!
Over on Facebook, to start the 2011 ‘What’s your English?’ campaign with Romantic English, we asked you to send us a photo of you holding up the word that you think is the most romantic word in the English language.

The softer side of dictionaries
It’s romantic English month here on the blog and today is Valentine’s Day so we’ve decided to get gooey on you. Here we are: the Macmillan Dictionary team, wearing our hearts on our … signs and sharing our most romantic English words with you 🙂 .

It’s all about luuuuuv on Monday …
To celebrate the day of love and affection, on Monday 14th February, Macmillan Dictionary is having a one-day (and one-day-only) price drop on the Macmillan English Dictionary apps for iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone.

Language of lovers
The language of lovers is something that we’ve probably all experienced or been subjected to at some point in our lives, and it’s a mixture of pet names, hushed tones and – according to new research from the University of Texas – similar words and grammatical patterns.

Romantic language and words in the news – 18th February, 2011
For a change, this week’s post brings you news around the topic of romantic English. Items come from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular.

Has anyone seen my etchings?
Part of the mating ritual is finding something to say to a potential partner without being too explicit. One of the oldest, and most clichéd lines is “Would you like to come up and see my etchings?”. This dates back to the 1890s (if we can believe Wikipedia) and is an example of veiled language.

Some words just belong together
In the image below, you’ll see a list of words which usually go (or collocate in more technical language) with the word love. See how many you can find!

Romantic English links

Love Is a Metaphor (99 Metaphors of Love)
The metaphors in this collection range over the centuries. Alongside quotations from Plato, Ovid, and Shakespeare you’ll find fresh figures from the likes of Tom Robbins, Amy Winehouse, and Eminem.

Macmillan Dictionary – Metaphor: love
When you love someone very deeply, it feels as if you are physically weak or falling over. The effect that an attractive person has on you is like being hit or knocked over by them.

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