The HR industry misuses language as a sort of low-tech mind control to avert our eyes from office atrocities and keep us fixed on our inboxes In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of human resources’.
Emojis are the fastest growing language in the UK – what does this mean for the future of communication? As we all know, facial expressions, visual presence and body language are vital to appearing a confident speaker.
Ministry of Justice staff are told to avoid starting sentences with ‘yet’, not to use ‘impact’ as a verb and to write ‘make sure’ instead of ‘ensure’ Michael Gove, the justice secretary, has issued his civil servants with detailed orders on using...
In the 1960s U.S., a tattoo was usually a sign of anti-social or illegal activity. Few people had them. Today, at least one in five Americans has a tattoo, including sports stars, actors and young professionals.
Language expert Lauren Collister’s argues that way we communicate in texts, emails and tweets is streamlining our language and updating it for the 21st century. Far from ruining the English language, she writes that "textspeak" is modernizing how we communicate with one another.
ESL reading comprehension quiz for intermediate level English learners - read a text about General Elections in the United Kingdom, and then test how much you have understood by completing a multiple choice online quiz. Part of a free series of lessons about life in the UK for ESOL learners and other English language students. Browse the menus on our site for many more activities, games, quizzes for adult learners and kids, and free printable worksheets and lesson materials for English language teachers.
I have had so many conversations or email exchanges with students in the last few years wherein I anger them by indicating that simply saying, "This is my opinion" does not preclude a connected statement from being dead wrong. It still baffles me that some feel those four words somehow...
For over 50 years stand-up comedians have played an important part in the examination of popular culture and society. Several generations of comedians have served as critics and observers of American life.
Do we have a right to choose our racial identity or sex? For example, if a person’s biological parents are white, can that person say he or she is black? If someone is born male, can he demand to be known as a woman?
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