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▶ Innuendo with David McGilivray - Language of Comedy #3

Published on Aug 15, 2014

How comedians exploit the ambiguities of language in the production of innuendo and similar forms of language play. The segment will look at the way specific forms of language are used for the treatment of taboo or socially controversial topics and how innuendo has changed from Shakespeare to the present day.

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List: Grammar Gossip.

List: Grammar Gossip. | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

" Colons are typically conflict mediators, known for being level-headed. They tend to be good at separating two thoughts before they get into arguments over kickball. Sworn enemy of the semicolon after a particularly embarrassing game of tag."

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Language Log » 25 Questions for Teaching with "Word Crimes"

Language Log » 25 Questions for Teaching with "Word Crimes" | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

While "grammar nerds" are psyched about Weird Al's new "Word Crimes" video, many linguists are shaking their heads and feeling a little hopeless about what the public enthusiasm about it represents: a society where largely trivial, largely arbitrary standards of linguistic correctness are heavily privileged, and people feel justified in degrading and attacking those who don't do things the "correct" way. What's behind linguists' reactions are at least three factors.

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Why Robin Williams's true genius lay in his weird and wonderful comedy

Why Robin Williams's true genius lay in his weird and wonderful comedy | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

12 August 2014

The actor could steal the show in mainstream movies, but it was the crazy, manic riffs and improvisations of his early standup days that made him a unique talent.

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▶ Dord. Vsauce

12 August 2014

Michael Stevens of Vsauce takes a break from hard science to have fun with words and their origins. Words like dord...

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▶ Nat Nakasa's family happy to see his gravesite

Published on Aug 13, 2014

Nat Nakasa's only surviving sibling has described viewing his gravesite for the very first time as a wonderful moment. Gladys Maphumulo described the late writer and journalist's imminent exhumation and repatriation to South Africa as a long battle that has now been won.

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What makes a hero? 3 TED-Ed Lessons about fiction's finest figures

What makes a hero? 3 TED-Ed Lessons about fiction's finest figures | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

Heroes come in many shapes and sizes. Be they epic, tragic, romantic (or even an anti-hero), these characters can tell us a lot about ourselves and the world we inhabit. These three TED-Ed Lessons investigate the history of heroism, and ponder the question: what makes a hero … a hero?

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My fourteen year old wrote this poem on how she spent her summer vacation-and restored my faith in civilization.

My fourteen year old wrote this poem on how she spent her summer vacation-and restored my faith in civilization. | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

"there is a type of pain

that only poetry can cure,

and a type of craving

that only words can satisfy"

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▶ Maggs on Media || Independent Newspapers vs. Mail & Guardian Group - YouTube

Published on Aug 4, 2014

Financial health, alleged non-payment of staff, perceived closeness to the ruling party, the departure of key editors and the position of the SA National Editors Forum. All ingredients in an increasingly messy and public spat between Independent Media and the Mail and Guardian Group and their two high profile leaders Iqbal Surve and Trevor Ncube.

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▶ Unquiet Film Series - Question Everything

Published on May 29, 2014

If something is too good to be true, it probably is. Through the lens of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal and questioning the MMR and autism allegations, told by respective Sunday Times journalists David Walsh and Brian Deer, we explore the integral need for investigative journalism.

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▶ Street Harassment: Sidewalk Sleazebags and Metro Molesters

Published on Jul 29, 2014

Jen Corey has made it to the top of the Miss America Pageant. A striking blonde, Jen has battled with overzealous men approaching her since she was a teenager. An incident at a D.C. bar prompted her to use her platform as a beauty queen to speak out against street harassment, a topic that is often dismissed as just ‘boys being boys.’ But Jen and other women argue that there is something more sinister that lies beneath the motivation to aggressively cat-call or approach women in public places.

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Not the Booker prize 2014: the shortlist revealed

Not the Booker prize 2014: the shortlist revealed | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

Sam Jordison: After the customary rough and tumble voting, six clear favourites have emerged. It's time for us all to put the finalists under close scrutiny.

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▶ Maybelline Introduces New Ideal-Woman Rubber Mask To Use In Place Of Makeup - YouTube

Published on Jul 31, 2014

Touting it as their most stylish and advanced beauty product to date, officials from global cosmetics brand Maybelline unveiled Thursday the Ideal-Woman Rubber Mask, a flexible facial covering that can be worn over the head in lieu of makeup.

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Open Letters: An Open Letter to the People Who Decide Which Women’s Apparel Catalogs to Send Me.

Open Letters: An Open Letter to the People Who Decide Which Women’s Apparel Catalogs to Send Me. | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

Dear Catalog People,

Thank you for your continued belief in me. While I may think of myself as a desk-bound 42-year-old mom, you see someone who will one day require short shorts and a bikini top to wear when I go stand-up paddle boarding.

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Some nice satire here-also useful for discussing tone versus intention?

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List: Shakespearian Insult or Animal On Display at Harvard’s Museum of Natural History?

List: Shakespearian Insult or Animal On Display at Harvard’s Museum of Natural History? | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it
1. Giant otter-shrew
2. Moon rat
3. Brindled weasel
4. Three-inch fool
5. Limpkin
6. Scullion
7. Crab-eating raccoon
8. Greasy tallo...
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Switchin’ It Up – Lingua Franca - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Switchin’ It Up – Lingua Franca - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

This summer I asked students to write part of their own code-switching story, just as Eric Deggans does in the blog post “Learning How to Code-Switch: Humbling but Necessary.” The students wrote powerful pieces that linked languages/language varieties to different aspects of their identities and highlighted their linguistic savvy as they navigate different spaces.

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Orwell in Gaza – Lingua Franca

Orwell in Gaza – Lingua Franca | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

31 July 2014

The New York Times’s hesitant foray into the question of language in this latest enactment of hostilities between Israel and Hamas made me long for the ringing tones of George Orwell.

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▶ Reading Can Change Your Brain! Dnews

Published on Aug 12, 2014

Scientists measured the short term effects of reading using fMRI scans, and they found that reading actually changes your brain! What specifically happens? Trace is joined by Dr. Mike North to discuss their findings!

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▶ Honda Ballade 'The Car-iest Car Ad' / Tony Baggott

The Car-iest Car Ad' for the Honda Ballade. This is pretty funny-might be a nice way to introduce stereotyping/stock images in this kind of advertisement...

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Men, Get On Board With Misandry — The Archipelago

Men, Get On Board With Misandry — The Archipelago | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

Believe it or not, the man-hating movement loves you and needs your help. Here’s why.

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The Secret Rules of Adjective Order

The Secret Rules of Adjective Order | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

It is a lovely warm August day outside, and I am wearing a green loose top. Does the second part of that sentence sound strange to you? Perhaps you think I should have written “loose green top.” You’re not wrong (though not entirely right, because descriptivist linguistics): An intuitive code governs the way English speakers order adjectives.

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▶ Lisa Bu: How books can open your mind Ted Talk

Published on May 31, 2013

What happens when a dream you've held since childhood ... doesn't come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself. She shares her unique approach to reading in this lovely, personal talk about the magic of books.

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▶ How To Make A Hit Pop Song, Pt. 1

Published on Jun 26, 2014

Brett Domino's quick guide shows you how to make a hit pop song like Jason Derulo. Featuring Brett's own song, 'Sexy When You Do That'

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This was pretty funny-it might be useful if you are discussing popular music is made. Check out Part Two here...

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This was pretty funny-it might be useful if you are discussing how popular music is made. Check out Part Two here...

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The artefacts of the dead | Thought Leader

The artefacts of the dead | Thought Leader | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

The picture was on Twitter. What caught my eye wasn’t the small coffin or the drawn faces of the parents or the crucifix of yellow roses arranged on the gleaming wooden lid. It was the two toy sports cars, still in their boxes, placed carefully on top of the flowers to accompany the body of a four-year-old boy down into the earth.

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▶ Do Women REALLY Talk More Than Men?

Published on Jul 31, 2014

It’s commonly believed that women talk more than men. Is there any truth to this? Join Trace as he discusses a few new studies debunking this stereotype!

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