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America’s Slippery Slope Into Britishisms

America’s Slippery Slope Into Britishisms | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
Snippets of British vernacular — “cheers” as a thank you — that were until recently as rare as steak and kidney pie on these shores are cropping up in the daily speech of Americans (particularly, New Yorkers).
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How American English is being invaded by British English.

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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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Can’t learn a foreign language? Not true, say scientists | Langology

Can’t learn a foreign language? Not true, say scientists | Langology | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
Language, language and linguistic news.
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There's joy in repetition...

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The ten bad habits that leave Britons feeling most infuriated

The ten bad habits that leave Britons feeling most infuriated | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
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Might be guilty of one of those myself...

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Common Errors in English Usage

Common Errors in English Usage | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
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I don't think there can be a more comprehensive list than this although some of these errors must obviously be more common in the States than in the UK.

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'Children should start learning languages at age three' - Telegraph

'Children should start learning languages at age three' - Telegraph | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
Our European neighbours shame us by their ability to converse in English. The Government would like that to be a thing of the past. So would Catherine Ford
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A look at language learning and British Culture (esp in the comments).

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Spelling it out: is it time English speakers loosened up?

Spelling it out: is it time English speakers loosened up? | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
Josephine Livingstone: English is an uncommonly tricky language to spell. Is this why we put it on such a pedestal?
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What language tells us about the roots of the stone age diet

What language tells us about the roots of the stone age diet | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
David Shariatmadari: Buzzwords: As a restaurant offering ‘paleo’ food opens in London, can linguistics shed any light on what our ancestors ate?
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Linguistic analysis and food.

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Exploring English: Language and Culture. Free online course (MOOC) by British Council

Exploring English: Language and Culture. Free online course (MOOC) by British Council | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
This course for learners of English looks at British culture and examines English in use to help you improve your language skills.

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Exploring #English: Language and Culture. 
Il primo #MOOC del #BritishCouncil che consiste in un corso online gratuito per conoscere meglio la cultura britannica e aiutare nella preparazione del test#IELTS. 
Iscriviti adesso e studia quando vuoi/puoi: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/explore-english-language-culture

Paolo Margari's curator insight, October 8, 10:27 AM

Exploring #English: Language and Culture. 
Il primo #MOOC del #BritishCouncil che consiste in un corso online gratuito per conoscere meglio la cultura britannica e aiutare nella preparazione del test#IELTS. 

Iscriviti adesso e studia quando vuoi/puoi: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/explore-english-language-culture

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How British are you? Try our British values quiz

How British are you? Try our British values quiz | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
Tea-drinker? Anglican? Find out if you share the 'British values' that Michael Gove wants to see taught in UK schools
All schools must promote 'British values', says Gove Continue reading...
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Humorous but I was still upset by my answer...

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It makes liberals nervous but good English is about social mobility, not Ukippery | Suzanne Moore

It makes liberals nervous  but good English is about social mobility, not Ukippery | Suzanne Moore | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
Most of us think language skills are a vital part of Britishness, according to a survey.
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The History Of The English Language In One Chart

The History Of The English Language In One Chart | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
Triangulations blogger Sabio Lantz recently put together this rather clever diagram showing how the English language has evolved over the past 3,000 years.
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Nice.

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English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet

English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
Linguists are recognizing the delightful evolution of the word "because." 
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Because languages evolve. Or...because evolution.

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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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Johnson: Simpler and more foreign

Johnson: Simpler and more foreign | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
SEVERAL weeks ago, Johnson discussed his debate with Nicholas Ostler about the lingua franca of the future. Johnson thinks that English has a very long run...
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A future for English

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How The London Boroughs Got Their Names

How The London Boroughs Got Their Names | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
A borough named after sheep?
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Interesting bit of linguistic/etymological history.

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Why do pigs oink in English, boo boo in Japanese, and nöff-nöff in Swedish?

Why do pigs oink in English, boo boo in Japanese, and nöff-nöff in Swedish? | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
It’s not just pigs, the onomatopoeia we apply to most animal sounds varies delightfully across different tongues. What does this reveal about our relationship with language?
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Some interestingly named theories/projects in this tale of children's language as linguistic root.

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We are losing languages at a rate of one every fortnight

We are losing languages at a rate of one every fortnight | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
The 11 largest languages in the world are Chinese, English, Hindi/Urdu, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian, Bengali, Japanese, German and French.
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The numbers change but the story remains the same.

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Divided by a common language: why an American won’t call you a ‘bloody arse’

Divided by a common language: why an American won’t call you a ‘bloody arse’ | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
Maraithe Thomas: ‘It was quite crowded, actually’ and even ‘taking the piss’ are fine. But there are some British words Americans just can’t say
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"I feel like a perfect arse" is hardly an example of regular British usage but this is a humorous article.

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14 British Cultural Quirks and Eccentricities that May Take Visitors by Surprise

14 British Cultural Quirks and Eccentricities that May Take Visitors by Surprise | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
Britain's eccentricity is well-known. Here are some of the odder cultural habits and quirks that visitors might not be expecting.
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Campaigners wield marker pens in war against punctuation cull

Campaigners wield marker pens in war against punctuation cull | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
Missing apostrophes filled in after Cambridge city council had them removed from street signs to help emergency services Reports of councils culling punctuation from street signs has prompted a grammar expert to warn that "if they take our...
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Royal Ascot: a Berkshire tale of bars, betting and an elusive bygone era

Royal Ascot: a Berkshire tale of bars, betting and an elusive bygone era | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
The annual race meeting is weird, performative, mannered and regressive but tremendous fun, says Zoe WilliamsAscot is a bit like a Buckingham Palace garden party, except that there's booze there, and the Queen looks as though she's enjoying herself.
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How to make tea correctly (according to science): milk first

How to make tea correctly (according to science): milk first | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
Dean Burnett: The British love to argue about the best way to make tea. Science has some answers, but they can just make it even more confusing
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Cuppa time.

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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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