21 Nov 2013

Is Fashion Slang Here to Stay?

The fashion world tends to move at a fast pace, and now even the lingo is having to catch up. Forgive yourself if you don’t understand colloquialisms like ‘skinnies’ or ‘loubs’, but they are here to stay. It’s unsurprising that […]

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16 Oct 2013

Shakespeare’s Influence on Modern English & Pronunciation

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) is without a doubt one of the greatest writers of the English language. He has written some great poems and over 39 surviving plays over a period of only twenty years. His first play, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, […]

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15 Oct 2013

Too Much TV Can Send You Cockney, Say Linguists

You might think that the Glaswegian and Cockney accents are so far apart that any worthwhile communication would require a team of translators, but recent developments have shown that the two brogues are more similar than you think. Research from […]

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03 Oct 2013

Eponyms in the English Language

The English language consists of a large amount of eponyms. An eponym is a person or a thing, whether real or fictional, after which a specific discovery, place or era is named. Thus, the person becomes the “eponym” of that […]

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24 Sep 2013

Old English: The Language of the Anglo-Saxons

Old English is an early form of the English language and dates from the mid-5th to late 11th century A.D. It was written and spoken by the Anglo-Saxons in modern-day England and the eastern and southern parts of Scotland. Old […]

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17 Sep 2013

A History of Ten Common English Phrases

Every culture has a selection of wise sayings that offer advice about how to live your life. The English language is littered with these idioms and many of them are used by thousands of English speakers daily. But have you […]

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03 Sep 2013

Standard English vs. Non-Standard English Dialects

Standard English started as a regional dialect that developed in the southeast of England. This variety, which is perceived as official, is used in writing, the education system (grammar books and dictionaries), the court, the church, in newspapers, the media […]

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19 Jul 2013

The Origins of Two of English’s Most Popular Swear Words

Swear words have existed in the English language since the days of our forebears – and their forebears, too. We would have a much better understanding of their etymology if people had not been too afraid to write them down, […]

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15 Jul 2013

Neanderthals and Early Humans Shared Common Language

The stereotypical view of Neanderthals is that of brutish cavemen who communicated in grunts and were generally incapable of complex language. However, a recent study, authored by Dutch scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics, argues that not only […]

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18 Jun 2013

New Language Discovery: Light Warlpiri

Light Warlpiri, a newly emerged mixed language that is spoken in a remote Indigenous community in northern Australia, has been discovered. It is a result of a unique combination of elements from typologically dissimilar languages: Standard Australian English, Warlpiri, a […]

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