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Britain's £1m and £100m banknotes

Britain's £1m and £100m banknotes | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
They will probably spend their life guarded in vaults. So why does the Bank of England print £1m and £100m banknotes?
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An interesting little quirk of our political, economic and banking systems.

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Esoteric articles of general interest, with a focus on British culture and developments related to the English language.
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‘Run,’ a Verb for Our Frantic Times

‘Run,’ a Verb for Our Frantic Times | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
Why “run” has surpassed “set” as the word with the most meanings.
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What does it mean to know a word? Do you know the word "run"? Do you know 645 verb-form meanings for it?

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What are your fingerprint words?

What are your fingerprint words? | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
Not too long ago, I was forced to come to grips with something terrible about myself. I use the word iteration a lot. More than any human being should. If I had put a ballpark figure on it, I'd set the over/under on daily utterances at five.
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Iused to say "To be honest" far too much. The Japanese call them "kuchiguse" which translates as "mouth habits". What are yours?

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Video: What makes a word “real”?

Video: What makes a word “real”? | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
One could argue that slang words like ‘hangry,’ ‘defriend’ and ‘adorkable’ fill crucial meaning gaps in the English language, even if they don't appear in the dictionary. After all, who actually decides which words make it into those pages? Language historian Anne Curzan gives a charming look at the humans behind dictionaries, and the choices they make.

Via Pascual Pérez-Paredes
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Vocabulary - a different take on the question of what a word is.

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Is the UK unusually fond of lamb and potatoes?

Is the UK unusually fond of lamb and potatoes? | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
The US ambassador to London is fed up of being served the dish. Do Britons have an exceptional taste for it?
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What about the mint sauce?

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Should teachers 'promote' British values?

Should teachers 'promote' British values? | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
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"The phrase "British values" is used to mean contradictory things. For some, it is about British as opposed to foreign values, reflecting the traditional conservative instincts of the population. For others, it is about shared values of tolerance and broadmindedness within a multicultural society, a progressive ideal."

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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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Lol.

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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

To see yourself as others do | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
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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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What kebabs and train tickets can teach you about Britain

What kebabs and train tickets can teach you about Britain | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
Paul Mason: British life can be confusing for new arrivals, so here is my advice. Step one: buy a late-night snack
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The barber shop felt a little middle-class but otherwise I thought there was a lot of truth in this humorous piece.

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Who said Britons were drunk, dirty and deplorable?

Who said Britons were drunk, dirty and deplorable? | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
A Portuguese writer named João Magueijo, that’s who. He has lived in the UK for 25 years and says it’s a joke – but a fair joke. But, asks Archie Bland, is it?
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A few stereotypes rehashed here. There's often truth in stereotypes, though.

 

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Do accents matter in modern Britain?

Do accents matter in modern Britain? | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
Hugh Muir: A report has found evidence of 'accentism' – discrimination against people because of how they speak

Via Pascual Pérez-Paredes
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Accents matter.

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Thanks to Michael Pace-Sigge

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Who Owns London?

Who Owns London? | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
Qatar, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and possibly the Vatican.
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Find out who owns the land our houses are built on.

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Advice for foreigners on how Britons walk

Advice for foreigners on how Britons walk | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
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When in London, walk as we Brits walk - slalom style.

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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

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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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