Wrong Word Wednesday

Wrong Word Wednesday #73: Annex or Annexe?

I used to do these every week, but now I do them when I have to stop and think about whether I am using the right word or see people using them interchangeably or using one when they mean the other. It's been 18 months since my last (!) This is one that, until a… Continue reading Wrong Word Wednesday #73: Annex or Annexe?

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Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year

It's been a rather shocking year for politics. First, the UK decided to vote itself out of the European Union. In the aftermath (actually, before that), the remain campaigners accused the leave campaign of lying. Leave were told to stop using several key strategies, one of which was the claim that the UK sends £350m… Continue reading Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year

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Origins of the English Language: The Norman Conquest

Other titles in this series: Anglo-Saxons; Vikings Let's get one thing out of the way before we start... whether you call him William: Duke of Normany, William the Bastard or William the Conqueror the man who invaded England from Normandy was not French. He hated the French and they hated him. He was actually of… Continue reading Origins of the English Language: The Norman Conquest

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Favourite and Least Favourite Words of a Linguistics Nerd

The pen is mightier than the sword -Edward Bulwer-Lytton. (And just as deadly in the wrong hands as Jack Nicholson's Joker proves in Batman: The Movie). Words can do many things. They can hurt an individual or they change humanity for the better or worse. They can be used to spread the truth and to… Continue reading Favourite and Least Favourite Words of a Linguistics Nerd

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“Facebook English” Becomes Official Language

The UN officially declared today "Facebook English" as an internationally recognised language; it will be afforded all protection rights and legal benefits. Microsoft is already making plans to release future versions of Office with a "Facebook English" option. Facebook English means the following changes apply: "Your" and "you're" have the same meaning "2" may be used to mean… Continue reading “Facebook English” Becomes Official Language