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Google: Gender Privacy More Important Than Grammar

Google: Gender Privacy More Important Than Grammar | English Language | Scoop.it
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.
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Far Out: The Hippie Dialect | Dialect Blog

Far Out: The Hippie Dialect | Dialect Blog | English Language | Scoop.it
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.
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Spelling mistakes 'cost millions' - BBC News

Spelling mistakes 'cost millions' - BBC News | English Language | Scoop.it
An online entrepreneur says that poor spelling is costing the UK millions of pounds in lost revenue for internet businesses.

Charles Duncombe says an analysis of website figures shows a single spelling mistake can cut online sales in half.

Mr Duncombe says when recruiting staff he has been "shocked at the poor quality of written English".
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The English Blog: Words in the News: Scrap

The English Blog: Words in the News: Scrap | English Language | Scoop.it
The Financial Times says the News Corp's bid for BSykB was withdrawn under intense political pressure.

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If you scrap something, you get rid of it or cancel it. • Many school building and improvement projects are...
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The English Blog: Words in the News: Parliament

The English Blog: Words in the News: Parliament | English Language | Scoop.it
The Guardian leads with Parliament's call for Rupert Murdoch to withdraw his BSkyB bid.

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The parliament (par-luh-munt) of some countries, for example Britain, is the group of people who make or change its laws and decide...
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A Guide to Colloquial Contractions

A Guide to Colloquial Contractions | English Language | Scoop.it
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.
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The English Blog: Words in the News: Jolt

The English Blog: Words in the News: Jolt | English Language | Scoop.it
The Wall Street Journal has Italy's growing financial problems as its lead.

VOCABULARY If something jolts someone, it gives them and unpleasant surprise or shock. • One poll after another shows the optimism of the American dream...
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R.I. regents set minimum English language standard for teachers | Education | projo.com | The Providence Journal

R.I. regents set minimum English language standard for teachers | Education | projo.com | The Providence Journal | English Language | Scoop.it
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.
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Google: Gender Privacy More Important Than Grammar

Google: Gender Privacy More Important Than Grammar | English Language | Scoop.it
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.
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The English Blog: Cartoon: Monkeys Turn On Organ Grinder

The English Blog: Cartoon: Monkeys Turn On Organ Grinder | English Language | Scoop.it
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.
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Why do some Americanisms irritate people? (BBC News)

Why do some Americanisms irritate people? (BBC News) | English Language | Scoop.it
British people are used to the stream of Americanisms entering the language. But some are worse than others, argues Matthew Engel.
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The English Blog: Cartoon: Sweeping It Under The Carpet

The English Blog: Cartoon: Sweeping It Under The Carpet | English Language | Scoop.it
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.
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A guddle through the dialectal wordbank | Macmillan Dictionary Blog

A guddle through the dialectal wordbank | Macmillan Dictionary Blog | English Language | Scoop.it
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.
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Microsoft signs deal with Baidu to offer English-language search

Microsoft signs deal with Baidu to offer English-language search | English Language | Scoop.it
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.
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American vs. British English

American vs. British English | English Language | Scoop.it
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?
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