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That’s the Way It Crumbles: The American Conquest of English by Matthew Engel – review

That’s the Way It Crumbles: The American Conquest of English by Matthew Engel – review | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Matthew Engel urges us to hang tough against Americanisms in this entertaining history of linguistic imperialism
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I love the way language differs among the Anglophones of the world.. I also love the way new words find their way into our lives. Hell, I often coin new words of my own, which is why I put this book on my reading list. I wonder if I'll have to take an aeroplane to London to buy a copy; in which case I can only hope that there will be an airplane I can take back. Anyway, off I go and quick as Bob's your uncle I'll be back.  While I'm away, pick up one of my books and find the words I've invented. I suggested starting with Broody New Englander,
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'Dumpster Fire' Is the Word of the Year for 2016

'Dumpster Fire' Is the Word of the Year for 2016 | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The American Dialect Society chose dumpster fire as its word of 2016, defined as “an exceedingly disastrous or chaotic situation”
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Not sure how many of these words and phrases I will be using, especially in my writing, but I do love a good dumpster fire, which is kind of like saying I enjoy politics, because if ever there was one. @your views; will we ever get the blaze in Washington under control? Were is Red Adair when we need him? 
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10 surprising Irish words you didn't know you were using almost every day.

10 surprising Irish words you didn't know you were using almost every day. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Irish is one of the oldest languages in the world. And it's surprisingly more alive than most of us realize.
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Some great words and etemologies here. 
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17 Examples of British Slang That Are Simply Awesome

17 Examples of British Slang That Are Simply Awesome | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Once you get over the novelty of these forms of British slang , you'll be able to embrace them and even add them to the conversation to liven it up.
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Buy a copy of "Broody New Englander" and Bob's your uncle your off to a good read. 

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24 Old English Terms You Should Start Using Again

24 Old English Terms You Should Start Using Again | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Wonderful forgotten old english terms which still work for our modern world, how many can you start using today?
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Being snotter than most, shall happily fudgel by sharing this wisdom. If I jargogle you, then tonight when you uhtceare, just have a drink and a state of zwodder will come.

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10 Strangest Languages - ODDEE

10 Strangest Languages - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Next time your children complain about their grammar classes, send them to learn
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A fascinating list of some of the world's most unusual languages. Some disappearing and a couple growing in popularity, but all of them unique. If you love language, as I do, this is a great article to just enjoy.

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The secret philosophy of language: Searching for the origins of human thought

The secret philosophy of language: Searching for the origins of human thought | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Since the time of Socrates and Plato, humans have pondered the origin of our words. Now we're closer to an answer
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As an author, I am constantly faced with language as I know and understand it and my fascination with creating and recreating it. Sometimes, I add words or more typically forms of words that have not previously been used. My editor gnashes his teeth, but if the meaning is clear and the sound right, why not? In the novella which begins "Broody New Englander," I include extraterrestrials whose language does not admit of personal pronouns. That, too, is an experiment in language. How might it change our understanding of the social world if we did not differentiate among me, you, and him? Anyway, this book, "The Domestication of Language", seems worth the reading.

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Chirps, whistles, clicks: Do any animals have a true ‘language’?

Chirps, whistles, clicks: Do any animals have a true ‘language’? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new study on animal calls has found that the patterns from seven different species appear to be more complex than previously thought.
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Ethology has always been one of my favorite topics,, so I found this a fascinating story. If you love animals, I think you'll it more than worth your time.

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What Our Words Tell Us

What Our Words Tell Us | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Gradual shifts in language use over the centuries reflect tectonic shifts in culture.
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This op-ed challenges us as a society to look at where we have been and where we are going. Who we are is surely reflected in how we speak, the words we choose to use.

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One man's quest to save the Jewish Iraqi language

One man's quest to save the Jewish Iraqi language | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Oded Amit, who was born in Baghdad and eventually fled to Israel, has taken it upon himself to teach Israelis of Iraqi immigrants the language of their ancestors in order to preserve it.
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Having failed to learn Yiddish, it always seemed to me that assimilation could mean the loss of something very beautiful in ones culture. I just had to share this story of a different linguistic heritage, a Jewish community's language of which I had never heard. 
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These are the most powerful languages in the world

These are the most powerful languages in the world | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
If an alien were to land on Earth, which language would enable it to most fully engage with humans?
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What languages do you speak? I have a bit of French and of course English, at least the American version of that one. While I have done a lot of traveling in my life, I learned only a few words of other languages and relied a lot on gestures. I do wish I had studied Spanish in school and not spent time on Latin, which doesn't make this list. Ah, well, at least I can write and you can find out more about that at http://www.kennethweene.com 
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17 Polish Words We Cannot Simply Translate Into English

17 Polish Words We Cannot Simply Translate Into English | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Google Translate can't accurately describe these meanings.
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I love  this one:  “To have a fly in your nose.” This is a way of describing someone who has a bad attitude about things because they’re not happy about what happened. They are said to have a fly stuck up their nose. The English equivalent would be if someone had something stuck in their craw. In Polish: 

Mieć muchy w nosie
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The Word the Internet Didn't Know

The Word the Internet Didn't Know | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Ever heard of the word in this image? Probably not, because, until this month, that word didn’t exist on the Internet.
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Not sure that I'll ever use this word, but I love the artistry behind this story. Way to go Julia Weist. I shall splice your creativity into my day and hope that no carbuncles erupt in a demand for equal attention. 

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An A to Z of Noah Webster's Finest Forgotten Words | Publication Life

An A to Z of Noah Webster's Finest Forgotten Words | Publication Life | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Here are 26 of some of the most curious, most surprising and most obscure words from Webster's Dictionary in one handy A to Z.
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A delightful visit to the language of the early nineteenth century. It is interesting to note that Webster apparently made up some of these words.

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Why Cambodians Never Get 'Depressed'

Why Cambodians Never Get 'Depressed' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In many parts of the world, there's no direct translation for terms like depression or anxiety. Cambodians, for example, say "the water in my heart has fallen." So how does a doctor refill a heart?
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While the maladies are serious no matter where in the world they are found, the language that may be used to describe them is so poetic as to add a new layer of understanding. This is a wonderful reminder that health professionals should not so reify and objectify people as to lose the meaning of their souls.

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Why do pigs oink in English, boo boo in Japanese, and nöff-nöff in Swedish?

Why do pigs oink in English, boo boo in Japanese, and nöff-nöff in Swedish? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It’s not just pigs, the onomatopoeia we apply to most animal sounds varies delightfully across different tongues. What does this reveal about our relationship with language?
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This one is for the language lovers among my friends and followers. I so enjoyed it that I shouted "bravo!" at the end. Now, I hear my stuffed moose calling me. My best capture of his sound. "MMMRhumPh." I think he wants me to go back to sleep, or perhaps it is my wife getting up.

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Words! Bizarre, Obsolete, Odd, Outdated & Weird + Cartoon Fun!

Words! Bizarre, Obsolete, Odd, Outdated & Weird + Cartoon Fun! | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Discover some words that were used generations ago; or,
very seldom used today.
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Having been led to this page by Donald Ford, I had to share it with others. Just too much fun to keep to myself.

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, December 16, 2013 7:07 PM

This is just too cool not to share! Times come and go often leaving behind some of the most nostagic events. Then comes along the totally bizarre, long ago tucked away out of use but not totally forgotten. Read on and enjoy...