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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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BBC Documentary English Birth of a Language (new) HD [documentary]

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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
Financial Times
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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Ten words people always get wrong - NEWS.com.au

Ten words people always get wrong - NEWS.com.au | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
Ten words people always get wrong
NEWS.com.au
There are lots of common words in our complicated language that have lost their meaning with time, or that have had their definitions rewritten by incorrect use over the years.
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Forget bad grammar and greengrocers. The real enemies of language are ... - New Statesman

Forget bad grammar and greengrocers. The real enemies of language are ... - New Statesman | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
Forget bad grammar and greengrocers. The real enemies of language are ...
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In May, a “bad grammar” award was given to an open letter published by academic opponents of the education secretary, Michael Gove.
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Most Beautiful Words In The English Language

Most Beautiful Words In The English Language | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
In his essay "English and Welsh," J.R.R. Tolkien claimed that "cellar door" was the most beautiful word, as its sound is simply and intrinsically pleasing.
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Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language (1785) | The ...

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language (1785) | The ... | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
Volume 1 of the 6th edition of Samuel Johnson's epic achievement A Dictionary of the English Language, published a year after his death in 1785.
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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
Medical Daily
For decades, psychologists have debated whether our brains objectively process grammar and syntax.
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English grammar is changing...because Internet

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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 Is the Word the So Difficult to Define? - Slate Magazine (blog)

Why Is the Word the So Difficult to Define? - Slate Magazine (blog) | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
Why Is the Word the So Difficult to Define?
Slate Magazine (blog)
It's the most frequent word in the English language, accounting for around four percent of all the words we write or speak.
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Sexist language: it's every man for him or herself - The Guardian

Sexist language: it's every man for him or herself - The Guardian | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
The Guardian
Sexist language: it's every man for him or herself
The Guardian
Such drivel is, sadly, churned out by all too many men (and, inexplicably, some women). Why would anyone want to subject herself to this?
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Diversity is good for your English - Phys.Org

Diversity is good for your English - Phys.Org | The Jesters' Assize | Scoop.it
Straits Times Diversity is good for your English Phys.Org Of the many languages other than English spoken, the largest by far is Polish, listed as the main language by 13% of the 4.2 million people who reported a non-English language in England and...
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