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The wonders of the English Language... and probably some howlers too. Oh, and some quotes and lyrics that i like, too.
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Lexicographers cram 'squeezed middle' into word of the year slot

Lexicographers cram 'squeezed middle' into word of the year slot | Words | Scoop.it
Phrase Ed Miliband ushered into widespread use beats bunga bunga and occupy to award lavished on 'big society' last year...
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Anti-Americanisms

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THE BBC, following up on an apparently successful column, asked readers to send in their least favourite Americanisms.
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American English: Getting on well, thanks

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The debate over the use of Americanisms has divided readers of these pages in recent weeks. Here, American lexicographer and broadcaster Grant Barrett offers an American perspective.
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Why do some Americanisms irritate people?

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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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Oriental Institute | The Chicago Assyrian Dictionary Project

Oriental Institute | The Chicago Assyrian Dictionary Project | Words | Scoop.it
Homepage for the Oriental Institute Chicago Assyrian Dictionary: Martha Roth, Editor.
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14 Punctuation Marks That You Never Knew Existed

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14 Punctuation Marks That You Never Knew Existed: Where have you been all my life, the Interrobang‽ Less so, the Asterism, ...
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Tuesday time-suck

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PEOPLE often underestimate how many words they know; ask someone and you might hear an estimate like 10,000. The real number surprises many people (pleasantly).
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50 of your noted Americanisms

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Our recent piece on Americanisms entering the language in the UK prompted thousands of you to e-mail examples. Here are 50 of the most e-mailed.
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Home - Latimer Books, just books,Kelso,scottish borders

Home - Latimer Books, just books,Kelso,scottish borders | Words | Scoop.it
Living the dream!

Love this website and have to admit it is rekindling an idea thrown to the back of my mind that i would love to own a bookshop one day. Hope i am this media savvy and progressive if i do!

Tom.


Friendly independent bookshop in Kelso. Dedicated to selling just books. There is a substantial stock of titles in the shop with the ability to get unstocked titles in the next day.
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Start with one of the masters...

Lyrics to A Poem On The Underground Wall (Paul Simon):


The last train is nearly due,
The underground is closing soon,
And in the dark deserted station,
Restless in anticipation,
A man waits in the shadows.

His restless eyes leap and scratch,
At all that they can touch or catch,
And hidden deep within his pocket,
Safe within its silent socket,
He holds a colored crayon.

Now from the tunnel's stony womb,
The carriage rides to meet the groom,
And opens wide and welcome doors,
But he hesitates, then withdraws
Deeper in the shadows.

And the train is gone suddenly
On wheels clicking silently
Like a gently tapping litany,
And he holds his crayon rosary
Tighter in his hand.

Now from his pocket quick he flashes,
The crayon on the wall he slashes,
Deep upon the advertising,
A single worded poem comprised
Of four letters.

And his heart is laughing, screaming, pounding
The poem across the tracks rebounding
Shadowed by the exit light
His legs take their ascending flight
To seek the breast of darkness and be suckled by the night.
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