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Words of the Year 2012 | The Global Language Monitor

Words of the Year 2012 | The Global Language Monitor | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
Number of Words in the English Language: 1,019,729.6 (January 1, 2013 estimate). AUSTIN, Texas December 27, 2012 – The Global Language Monitor has announced that 'Apocalypse' is the Top Word, 'Gangnam Style' is ...
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Trials, Tribulations, Fads and Fashions in English Usage
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Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers by Paul Dickson – review - The Guardian

Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers by Paul Dickson – review - The Guardian | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
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Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers by Paul Dickson – review
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For language fanciers it is a potentially vertiginous thought that every single word must once have been coined by a particular individual.
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Is there a word for a comment which makes no sense or adds ...

Is there a word for a comment which makes no sense or adds ... | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
It is predominately used to mean a statement that is completely out of the context of the current discussion, at least in U.S. english. .... "(of words or language) having little or no meaning; making little or no sense..." Also (Miriam ...
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This animated history of the English language is wonderful

This animated history of the English language is wonderful | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
I didn't mean to watch this entire thing, but dammit if I didn't sit through all ten minutes (alright, technically 11 minutes and 20 seconds) of this fantastically witty, animated history of the English language.
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Foreign Words That Say It Better Than English | MTM LinguaSoft

Foreign Words That Say It Better Than English | MTM LinguaSoft | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
There are still many words in other languages that just say it better than English—and new ones are being invented all the time. (RT @mtmlinguasoft: Do you know any foreign words that say it better than English?
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Between You and I the English Language is Going to the Dogs

http://www.intelligencesquared.com/events/between-you-and-i-the-english-language-is-going-to-the-dogs/ Filmed at the Royal Geographical Society on 5th March ...
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Not sure it is but not sure it isn't either.

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Soppy drivel with a dash of the pretentious. Why do people love it ...

Soppy drivel with a dash of the pretentious. Why do people love it ... | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
The language makes me feel a bit ill. I'm not trying to wean a baby. I'm just trying to sell something. And if you do it properly you will double your sales. I find what follows, which landed in my inbox yesterday, irritating and ...
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£9k fees saw 17% undergraduate drop

£9k fees saw 17% undergraduate drop | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
The body which collates UK student figures reveals there was a 17% fall in first year undergraduates in 2012-13 - the first year of £9,000 university tuition fees. (Our BA English Language maintained numbers in 2012.
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Ask vs. Ax and the evolution of the English language

Ask vs. Ax and the evolution of the English language | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
In Chaucer's day, "ax" was a common pronunciation (Ask vs. Ax and the Evolution of the English Language http://t.co/FETFUWgYUC)
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Yearning to show us anti-racist credentials, John McWhorter spins a tortuous yarn about why "ax" (or "aks") for "ask" is common currency in the speech of some black people. Methinks he doth protest too much.

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Interactive map: places that shaped the English language

Interactive map: places that shaped the English language | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
‘If you love history, on your holidays you can visit museums and castles. If you love plants, you can visit botanical gardens. But if you love language, wh (If you love language, where in Britain could you visit?
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New UK Immigrants to Lose Benefits if They Fail Tougher English Language Test - Gizmodo UK

New UK Immigrants to Lose Benefits if They Fail Tougher English Language Test - Gizmodo UK | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
Gizmodo UK New UK Immigrants to Lose Benefits if They Fail Tougher English Language Test Gizmodo UK The government is aiming to appease the growing anti-immigration crowd with a new crackdown on the perceived wave of “benefit tourists,” with...
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Naturally, our politicians speak numerous foreign languages fluently.

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The Hundred Years' War and Its Effect on Language - English ...

The Hundred Years' War and Its Effect on Language - English ... | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
How the animosity created by the Hundred Years' War transitioned England from the use of French to the use of English for formal discourse.
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So why does the BBC insist on "excrement" and not "shit"?

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It's Not Just Grammar: A Person's Sex Impacts How We Process Language - Medical Daily

It's Not Just Grammar: A Person's Sex Impacts How We Process Language - Medical Daily | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
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It's Not Just Grammar: A Person's Sex Impacts How We Process Language
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For decades, psychologists have debated whether our brains objectively process grammar and syntax.
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English grammar is changing...because Internet

English grammar is changing...because Internet | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
The Internet has forced two changes onto the English language recently, including turning "because" into a preposition (English grammar is changing...because Internet - CBS News http://t.co/PpbCHMlGob)...
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Why grammar lessons should be renamed 'understanding language' - The Guardian

Why grammar lessons should be renamed 'understanding language' - The Guardian | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
The Guardian Why grammar lessons should be renamed 'understanding language' The Guardian Some of the country's most eminent linguists came together for English Grammar Day, presented by UCL and Oxford University in association with the British...
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Here's The Thing About English

Here's The Thing About English | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
As Blaze Miskulin puts it below, "English is a mutt. And a slut. It was born of the random fucking of multiple cultures, languages, and dialects, and it will hop in bed with any language that tickles its fancy.
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George Orwell: Politics and the English Language

George Orwell: Politics and the English Language | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
Politics and the English Language, the essay of George Orwell.
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BBC Documentary English Birth of a Language (new) HD [documentary]

If you enjoyed watching please comment or leave a like thank you documentary, documentaries, full documentary, history documentary, documentary bbc, history ...
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Does English still borrow words from other languages?

Does English still borrow words from other languages? | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
English language has "borrowed" words for centuries. But is it now lending more than it's taking?
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Twitter / MihirBijur: With every new generation ...

Twitter / MihirBijur: With every new generation ... | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
With every new generation murdering the English language a little more, this is how people will soon fall in love. http://t.co/EfRST9Sqh3
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Infographic: Only 34% of All Tweets Are in English

Infographic: Only 34% of All Tweets Are in English | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
Distribution of languages on twitter. 34 percent in English. Turkish is 8th most widely used language @StatistaCharts
http://t.co/2YeK6Ch1Hz
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It proves only that English speakers have even less to say about nothing than everyone else.

 

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Twitter / Grammarly: #words Can you name the most ...

Twitter / Grammarly: #words Can you name the most ... | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
#words Can you name the most redundant word in the #English language? http://t.co/RwsSgdVyoF
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Grammarly annoys me most of the time but this is just silly.  How can any word be "redundant".  "Queue" is a marvelous word.  It should be pronounce "kway" and it derives from the small curled lick of hair that fashionable men of the 18th and 19th Centuries wore at the back.

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Migrants quizzed on English skills before benefits - BBC News

Migrants quizzed on English skills before benefits - BBC News | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
BBC News Migrants quizzed on English skills before benefits BBC News "For the first time, migrants will be quizzed about what efforts they have made to find work before coming to the UK and whether their English language skills will be a barrier to...
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English is so much more malleable than other languages - Financial Times

English is so much more malleable than other languages - Financial Times | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
English is so much more malleable than other languages
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I spend a lot of time adapting and polishing English written by foreigners, often those with Russian as their mother tongue.
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English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet

English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
Linguists are recognizing the delightful evolution of the word "because."  (The English language has a new preposition. Why? Because Internet.
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Oxford Word Of The Year 2013 - Huffington Post

Oxford Word Of The Year 2013 - Huffington Post | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
BBC News Oxford Word Of The Year 2013 Huffington Post Judy Pearsall, the Editorial Director for Oxford Dictionaries, further explains their decision in a press release: “Using the Oxford Dictionaries language research program, which collects around...
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