Category Archives: English

Eccentric British Houseboats Built from Decommissioned Ambulances, City Buses, and Airplane Parts

Tucked into the estuary of the River Adur in the coastal town of Shoreham-on-Sea in Sussex, England is a row of houseboats in dazzlingly slapdash designs and bustling with the creative energy of its residents. One such person is Hamish … Continue reading

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The hierarchy of disagreement: The best and worst argument techniques – Big Think

A classic essay defines different ways to disagree, from the worst to the best, with lessons that ring true in our divisive times. Source: The hierarchy of disagreement: The best and worst argument techniques

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4 reasons to learn a new language

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The Korean Englishmen Explain Why English Is Such a Quirky, Confusing Language to Learn – Laughing Squid

Josh and Ollie, known collectively known as Jolly as well as the ‘Korean Englishmen’, hilariously examined the English language and many of its quirks. Citing the number of homonyms (tear), homophones (tier), homographs (tear vs. tear) unusual letter combinations (enough) … Continue reading

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Luck Plays a Role in How Language Evolves, Penn Team Finds – ScienceBlog.com

Read a few lines of Chaucer or Shakespeare and you’ll get a sense of how the English language has changed during the past millennium. Linguists … Read more Source: Luck Plays a Role in How Language Evolves, Penn Team Finds … Continue reading

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The Grammarphobia Blog: Snob appeal

Q: What is the origin of the word “snob”? Is it an acronym like “posh”? A: No, “snob” isn’t an acronym, and “posh” isn’t either. We wrote a post about “posh” in 2011. The origin of the adjective is… Source: … Continue reading

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Separated by a Common Language: optional commas

I was tweet-talking with Lane Greene this morning about whether Americans’ love for/Britons’ indifference to optional commas can be quantified. And so I did a little experiment. And so I’m going to tell you about it. For this I’m comparing … Continue reading

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The century of American global domination of language is over, a linguist says — Quartz

The internet and US isolationism could change the way the world talks. Source: The century of American global domination of language is over, a linguist says — Quartz

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