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How the internet is changing English

How the internet is changing English | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
Online, English has become a common language between users from around the world. In the process, the language itself is changing.
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The language is evolving further and further away from its origin.

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75 Simple British Slang Expressions You Should Probably Start Using

75 Simple British Slang Expressions You Should Probably Start Using | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
75 British slang expressions to spice up your everyday vernacular.

Via Katja Kranjec
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The London Public House

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Kingston University School of Architecture and Landscape Vertical Project 2012 'The London Public House'
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Those people behind the proposal to make the London pub a protected UNESCO type put together these videos of pubs.

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Know your granny slang from your Jafaican? Or does it leave you in a hot mess?

From buff to butters, YOLO to amazeballs, slang is ever-changing and continues to shape how people communicate.

In the fourth edition of Dictionary of Contemporary Slang, Tony Thorne, Language and
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Listen to an explanation of the different types of slang at play in contemporary Britain.

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To see yourself as others do

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England's identity crisis: what does it mean to be English?

England's identity crisis: what does it mean to be English? | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
The pending Euro and Scottish elections are raising tumultuous debates about English identity and governance. So what do these uncertain times mean for the country's future, asks John Harris
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What does it mean to be English? A very party-political look.

 

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Bad Grammar award reveals shortlist of English language offenders

Bad Grammar award reveals shortlist of English language offenders | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
The NHS, Tesco and Tristram Hunt among 'people and institutions who should know better' in line for badge of shame
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'Less' instead of 'fewer', an apostrophe for a plural: bad grammar highlighted.

 

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Saving an Endangered British Species: The Pub

Saving an Endangered British Species: The Pub | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
Changing economics and tastes in Britain have claimed roughly one out of every five “locals” in the last 20 years.
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Should the pub be allowdd to die?

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Three-quarters of Britons are saying it wrong - the top ten most common mispronunciations

Three-quarters of Britons are saying it wrong - the top ten most common mispronunciations | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
Do you know your espresso from expresso? Your prescription from your perscription?
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How's your pron?

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History of English (combined) - YouTube

Free learning from The Open University http://www.open.ac.uk/openlearn/history-the-arts/culture/english-language --- A look at the history of the English lan...
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A fun 11-minute animated video on the history of the world's lingua franca.

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No, liberals should not be uneasy about Englishness | Sunder Katwala

No, liberals should not be uneasy about Englishness | Sunder Katwala | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
It's wrong to feel queasy about flags and national holidays.
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Interesting...

 

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The evolution of the middle class

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The British middle class is facing a crisis of confidence, says Labour's leader. But in a nation famously fixated on social stratifications, what does the term actually mean?
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What the middle class is - or may be - and why British politicians are trying too woo it.

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Questions about Englishness raise more problems than they can solve | David Edgar

Questions about Englishness raise more problems than they can solve | David Edgar | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
The left wants to celebrate nationality.
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The national identity question is for the whole UK, not just the Scots | Adam Price

The national identity question is for the whole UK, not just the Scots | Adam Price | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
The future for every Briton is another country – as history shows. Give us all a referendum to find out what those countries are
It's no accident that only the Scottish are holding an independence referendum next year.
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English Birth of a Language (BBC Documentary) - (Ep. 1) - YouTube

English Birth of a Language (BBC Documentary) - (Ep. 1) The Adventure of English The Adventure of English is a British television series (ITV) on the history...

Via R.Conrath, Ed.D.
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Melvyn Bragg's book on English is great. Try this for easy access.

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Should the London pub get Unesco World Heritage status?

Should the London pub get Unesco World Heritage status? | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
A group of architecture students have lodged a bid to protect the humble boozer from characterless renovation or demolition. Do you think it's a worthy cause?
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French food, Argentine Tango, Korean tightrope walking, Japanese food. They are all UNESCO cultural heritage. What about British pubs?

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The Word on the Street

The Spitfire Guide to Street Slang
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Excellent dictionary of slang from King's College expert.

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English explodes in India

English explodes in India | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
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Knob throwing and cheese rolling

Knob throwing and cheese rolling | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
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Eccentric British May pastimes.

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The baffling map of England's counties

The baffling map of England's counties | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
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Are 'grammar Nazis' ruining the English language? - Telegraph

Are 'grammar Nazis' ruining the English language?  - Telegraph | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
Split infinitives make them shudder and they’d never end a sentence with a preposition. But linguist Geoffrey Pullum has a message for all grammar pedants: you're wrong
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A linguist on the prescriptivism vs descriptivism debate.

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The English expressions coined in WW1

The English expressions coined in WW1 | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
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War words (some long gone).

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How has England changed?

How has England changed? | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
In 1994 Will Self wrote a long essay about English culture: how has the nation changed since then? And do the old cherished ideas of Englishness bear any resemblance to reality?
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Twenty years of cultural references...

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Can I have no job or money and still be middle class?

Can I have no job or money and still be middle class? | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
I’m 25. I’m a graduate. I’m about to be unemployed. I’m a London suburbanite. And I have no savings. So what class am I?
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Class - the obsessions of the British? Or only the middle class? Or perhaps the BBC?

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Does speaking like an Aussie make you sound insecure?

Does speaking like an Aussie make you sound insecure? | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
Head to head: That was the conclusion of a new study? Alex McClintock and Rae Earl debate the merits of the Australian upward inflection
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Is cheekiness a truly British concept?

Is cheekiness a truly British concept? | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
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The somewhat difficult to define "cheekiness". Is it uniquely British?

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