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The people who hate other people's bad grammar

The people who hate other people's bad grammar | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
Grammar is back in fashion at schools. But why does it make adults so cross when other adults break the rules?
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Get your grammar right and you are more likely to find a match!

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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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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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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

The evolution of the middle class | British Culture & Society | Scoop.it
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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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

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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