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Scientific analysis of the Urban Dictionary shows how to track linguistic innovation

Scientific analysis of the Urban Dictionary shows how to track linguistic innovation | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
The first large-scale study of the Urban Dictionary provides unique insights into the way our language is evolving.
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Lingofile worksheet 29 January 2018. You will find the worksheet - a short research activity - in the members area of our website.

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AFL 2021: Surgery for Geelong Cats’ Patrick Dangerfield on syndesmosis ankle injury

AFL 2021: Surgery for Geelong Cats’ Patrick Dangerfield on syndesmosis ankle injury | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Geelong superstar Patrick Dangerfield will be sidelined “indefinitely” after being sent in for surgery on a syndesmosis tear in his right ankle.
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26 April 2021 Lingofile:

Where better to find examples of rhetorical flourish than in sports commentary! This week’s worksheet looks at a piece from the AFL brimming with colourful descriptions and jargon, all contributing to an exercise on register. Check in to the Members section of our website to download the worksheet.

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Macquarie Dictionary

Macquarie Dictionary | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
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10 February 2021 Lingofile: this is a reference for this week's worksheet, which you can download from the Members area of our website. Sign in or sign up - no cost!

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Why getting a name right matters - BBC Worklife

Why getting a name right matters - BBC Worklife | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
The care we take to get names right is increasingly under scrutiny as Kamala Harris takes office. What message do we send when we get them wrong?
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Why the internet is divided over an iconic Australian cheese's rebrand

Why the internet is divided over an iconic Australian cheese's rebrand | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Social media users are divided on whether or not they support the rebranding of the famous Australian Coon cheese to its new name, Cheer.
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This issue arose last year 2020, and the conclusion is now here - for the cheese, at least.

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How young workers are changing the rules of 'business speak' - BBC Worklife

How young workers are changing the rules of 'business speak' - BBC Worklife | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Professional communication has traditionally been buttoned up. But a new generation entering the workforce may help us relax – at least a little.
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Terrific article that touches on code-switching, informal-formal discourse, context, purpose.

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From 'common scolds' to feminist reclamation: the fraught history of women and swearing in Australia

From 'common scolds' to feminist reclamation: the fraught history of women and swearing in Australia | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Long regarded as guardians of morality, women who swore were often policed and punished. But whether protesting or parodying, they have used bad language in creative ways.
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Women swearing? Goodness!

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Beside the point? Punctuation is dead, long live punctuation | Aeon Essays

Beside the point? Punctuation is dead, long live punctuation | Aeon Essays | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
How we came to represent (through inky marks) the vagaries of the mind, inflections of the voice, and intensity of feeling
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A very readable article and as a bonus - there is an audio reading of the whole piece on the website.

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Please show Victorians courtesy and common sense

Please show Victorians courtesy and common sense | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Age readers have their say on Treasurer Josh Frydenberg's calls for Dan Andrews to provide a road map out of lockdown.
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1 September 2020 Lingofile for EL students. This week's worksheet has two texts on the same topic for analysis. One is a Twitter post showing Officer Luke Cornelius criticising protesters against the Victorian state of lockdown. The other text is a letter to the media. Scroll down to find the letter, and the link to the Twitter recording is provided in the worksheet. You will find the worksheet in the Members area of our website, as usual! If your email address has changed from @edumail to @education, take a moment to update your login details while you are in the Members area.

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Coon Cheese Is Getting a Name Change, After 85 Years, Due to Racism Concerns

Coon Cheese Is Getting a Name Change, After 85 Years, Due to Racism Concerns | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
“We believe we all share in the responsibility to eliminate racism in all its forms and we feel this is an important step we must take to uphold this commitment,” the company said in a statement.
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4 August 2020 Lingofile worksheet for VCE EL students. This is the article - get the worksheet in the Members area of our website!

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How to write emails in a pandemic - BBC Worklife

How to write emails in a pandemic - BBC Worklife | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Ending an email with ‘All the best’ or ‘Regards’ seems too detached right now. What can we say that seems genuine and compassionate?
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16th June LIngofile for VCE English Language:

How to get the tone right in emails during the current health crisis? This article explores some possibilities and highlights what our student linguists know – context, interlocutors and careful choice of language are of fundamental importance to successful communication. The worksheet is available in the Members area of our website.

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Due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic it has been proved that emailing has increased for working life, but for nobody is a secret that the way of adressing people in email has always been a challenge. This BBC post is an overview of how etiquette counselors are seeing emaling and formal salutations when acknowledging people who is going through difficult situations.
Yours Handwashingly :)
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Just Gonna Say It: 'Karen' Is Not A Slur Despite What Boomers Are Saying

Just Gonna Say It: 'Karen' Is Not A Slur Despite What Boomers Are Saying | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
'Karen' has been on everyone's lips lately, and boomers are mad. Internet users have defended the meme as an attack on entitlement, not an attack on women.
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3 June 2020 Lingofile: Who is Karen? Is it an empowering or an insulting epithet? What are the changes in connotation the term has undergone over the past 4 years? This week's worksheet tackles this topic, and provides great material for students' exam essays. You can find the worksheet in the Members area of our website.

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A Victorian Liberal Candidate Has Quit Over Racist Facebook Malarkey

A Victorian Liberal Candidate Has Quit Over Racist Facebook Malarkey | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Victorian Liberal candidate Jack Lyons, a former publican who was standing for the marginal seat of Bendigo West in the upcoming state election, has dropped out of the race, after his deeply unfortunate use of social media came to light. Earlier today, The Herald Sun alerted party officials to hundreds of racist, sexist and otherwise off-colour posts …
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21.5.20 Lightning Talks worksheet - cultural context.

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Scrabble-maker accused of ‘wokeness’ after banning hundreds of derogatory terms

Scrabble-maker accused of ‘wokeness’ after banning hundreds of derogatory terms | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
“Can you imagine any other game where you can score points and win by using a racial epithet?” said Mattel’s head of global games. “It’s long overdue.”
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4 May 2021 Lingofile: Scrabble game maker Mattel is the latest company to make changes to its use of language, in an attempt to reflect modern attitudes and norms. This week’s worksheet takes a look at the debate around this latest move – is it cancel culture, political correctness gone mad, or just a sign of social expectations about language? Get the worksheet in the Members area of our website.

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Macquarie Dictionary

Macquarie Dictionary | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
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10 February 2021 Lingofile: this is a reference for this week's worksheet, which you can download from the Members area of our website. Sign in or sign up - no cost!

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‘Fake news’ Macquarie Dictionary’s ‘word of the decade’

‘Fake news’ Macquarie Dictionary’s ‘word of the decade’ | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
A phrase that was broadly used in 2016 when Donald Trump first took hold of the White House has been crowned the “word of the decade”.
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10 February 2021Lingofile: This is one of the articles on which this week's worksheet is based.

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History of Swear Words: Netflix’s Nicolas Cage–hosted series is informative and delightfully profane.

History of Swear Words: Netflix’s Nicolas Cage–hosted series is informative and delightfully profane. | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
The Netflix series traces the history of expletives with sensitivity and nuance, but if you just want to hear Cage scream the F-word, it’s got you covered.
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This could be interesting.

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Vocal fry: What is it and why does it still polarise listeners? | Pursuit by The University of Melbourne

Vocal fry: What is it and why does it still polarise listeners? | Pursuit by The University of Melbourne | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Whether you love, hate or are ambivalent about vocal fry, University of Melbourne linguists and voice experts can explain its origins and place in society
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A good article for generating class discussion.

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Forensic linguists can make or break a court case. So who are they and what do they do?

Forensic linguists can make or break a court case. So who are they and what do they do? | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
For decades, forensic linguists have helped crack cases involving false author attribution, masked voices, false confessions in criminal cases and copyright disputes.
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Fascinating branch of linguistics - a great conversation to have with students.

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'I have too much junk and it's all been given to me. Is there a polite way to refuse gifts?' | Leading questions | Life and style | The Guardian

'I have too much junk and it's all been given to me. Is there a polite way to refuse gifts?' | Leading questions | Life and style | The Guardian | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
We all know what it’s like to have things we don’t want, writes advice columnist Eleanor Gordon-Smith. You can’t be polite about this, so be firm
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Politeness and face needs!

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Have we murdered the apostrophe? - BBC Culture

Have we murdered the apostrophe? - BBC Culture | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Last year, the Apostrophe Protection Society was disbanded, having supposedly failed in its mission. But what is the correct use of the grammatical mark anyway, asks Helene Schumacher.
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15 September 2020 Lingofile worksheet for EL students. This week we look at the demise of the Apostrophe Protection Society in Britain. You will find the worksheet in the Members area of our website.

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Rock climbing's new-found popularity uncovers dark past of unsavoury route names, sparking its #MeToo moment - ABC News

Rock climbing's new-found popularity uncovers dark past of unsavoury route names, sparking its #MeToo moment - ABC News | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
It would be a travesty if it was supressed for something as trivial and irrelevant to real life as political correctness."
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18.8.20 Lingofile worksheet for English Language students. This article has been doing the rounds recently; it provides some excellent material for linguistic analysis.  You will find the worksheet in the Members area of our website.

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What is hate speech?

What is hate speech? | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
What do we mean when we talk about hate speech? Is hate speech against the law? And why is it so controversial?
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21 July 2020 Lingofile: the first worksheet for this term is an informative piece on hate speech/free speech. The worksheet includes some suggested answers and can be downloaded from the BBE website in the Members area.

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What does it mean to be a 'Karen'? Viral name memes explained

What does it mean to be a 'Karen'? Viral name memes explained | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Names such as Karen, Becky and Chad have been co-opted to call out social faux pas online. Here’s where they came from — and what the people named before the meme think about their online personas.
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More on Karen and other name memes.

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Vic Liberal candidate quits over tweets

Vic Liberal candidate quits over tweets | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
"The problem that's befallen me today is that some of these tweets have been stripped of all context."
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21.5.20 Lightning Talks worksheet - cultural context.

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'Iso', 'boomer remover' and 'quarantini': how coronavirus is changing our language

'Iso', 'boomer remover' and 'quarantini': how coronavirus is changing our language | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Times of crisis have always changed our slang, with the help of a little black humour. Coronavirus is no exception.
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Lingofile 12 May 2020. Language change in a time of pandemic. This popular article posted on our Facebook page yesterday, by Kate Burridge and Howie Manns in The Conversation, now has a worksheet to go with it. You'll find it in the Members area of our website.