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This summer, journalist Matthew Engel took to the BBC website to bemoan the corrupting influence of U.S. words on British English.
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Loving what you do is crucial to living a productive, happy life; at least in my book. I’ve never been one to take a job just for the money – there has to be something that stirs in my soul for me to continue working on any given thing.
"For some time, at the suggestion of a counselor or two, I've wanted to create a collage to inspire my writing dreams. Armed with a pile of lifestyle mags, I began cutting out pictures and words that might represent my road to success."
Adopt a Word.
If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world. After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud.
IS WRONGFUL PUNCTUATION AMONG YOUR PET PEEVES?
Often the minds of multilingual writers hop back and forth between languages. The closer the mother tongue to the foreign one, as (believe it or not) in my case seems true for Dutch and English, the easier it is to make mistakes.
In Dutch, when the plural of a word ending on a vowel is created by adding an s, you have to add an apostrophe. Exactly what makes Anglo word smiths cringe. In my native language we write: komma's, foto's, mama's (ah, you understood those words, didn't you?).
Henry Hitchings: "On the misuse of apostrophe's (did your eye just twitch?) and our increasingly rhetorical language."
An Interview with New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff.
You're not going to succeed unless you give it everything that you got, because giving it everything you got is how you develop what you actually have.
by Clive Anderson, this entertaining romp through 'The History of English' squeezes 1600 years of history into 10 one-minute bites, uncovering the sources of English words and phrases from Shakespeare and the King James Bible to America and the Internet. Bursting with fascinating facts, the series looks at how English grew from a small tongue into a major global language before reflecting on the future of English in the 21st century.