The dialect of hippies, countercultural types in the 1960's and 70's, is noted for its unique terminology. And thanks to Google NGram, Google Books, Google Scholar and other Google-related tools, it’s never been easier for laymen to research the origins of slang. But the question of when (and how) dialect words disappear from the lexicon remains a difficult question to answer.
Some publications go so far as to prohibit ubiquitous contractions such as can’t, won’t, and related terms, as well as he’s and she’s, considering them inappropriate in authoritative composition. Meanwhile, some contractions are widely thought of as unseemly except when transcribing dialect or preserving archaic forms in the proper context. Here are some classes of contractions.
Teachers who are suspected of not speaking English intelligibly will be required to take a language-competency test to determine whether they should be allowed in the classroom, and they must score in the mid-range to keep their job, according to a new requirement adopted by state education officials Thursday.
Any new product is bound to have elements that do not please everyone. Google+ is no exception.One of the more specific complaints that arose centered on users’ profiles and the “Gender” option.
Some people were unhappy that Google+ forced members to list their gender publicly. When creating a profile, users must select male, female or other, and that information was visible to everyone, with no option to make it private.
This cartoon by Schrank from The Independent portrays media tycoon Rupert Murdoch as an organ grinder. His three monkeys (UK PM David Cameron, Deputy PM Nick Clegg, and Labour leader Ed Miliband) have turned on him.
To understand the cartoon, you have to know the idiom to sweep something under the carpet. In literal terms, it means that rather than cleaning the dirt up, you hide it under the carpet or rug, but the expression is generally used figuratively for situations where you want to try to prevent people hearing about something bad or wrong. • FIFA has given every impression of wishing to sweep all allegations of misconduct under the carpet.
Macmillan Dictionary’s Twitter account recently shared a link to a Telegraph story on regional English words. It has to do with a wordbank that the British Library created as part of its Evolving English exhibition. The aim is to preserve and publicise – and perhaps propagate – thousands of dialectal words and phrases.
Microsoft Corp. has signed a deal with Baidu, China's leading Internet search engine, to offer its English-language search functions to Chinese users. The agreement, which was announced Monday, comes more than a year after Google Inc. pulled out of China, largely over disagreements about censorship, and ceded just under half its market share to Baidu.
Everyone who lives in the United States knows that English is the language spoken since the colonists settled in our country. But do the British people speak the same language as we do, or should we call their language British English and ours as American English?