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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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The death sentence: bureaucratic gobbledygook is killing our language

The death sentence: bureaucratic gobbledygook is killing our language | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
I’m sure the statement meant something to someone in the council. But the rest of us were left to guess what on earth the speaker was trying to say.
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Scott Morrison says he developed empathy for alleged sexual assault victim 'as a father' – video | Global | The Guardian

Scott Morrison says he developed empathy for alleged sexual assault victim 'as a father' – video | Global | The Guardian | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Reporter grills PM over needing to think about his daughters to have empathy for Brittany Higgins: 'Shouldn’t you have thought about it as a human being?’ 
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Chinese dialects in decline as government enforces Mandarin | World news | The Guardian

Chinese dialects in decline as government enforces Mandarin | World news | The Guardian | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Linguists concerned as regional languages dwindle amid push to strengthen uniform national identity
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‘Different from’ is correct and ‘iconic’ is meaningless: what I know after two decades as a subeditor | Susan McDonald | The Guardian

‘Different from’ is correct and ‘iconic’ is meaningless: what I know after two decades as a subeditor | Susan McDonald | The Guardian | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Language matters. It matters how laws and treaties are written, and whether coal is “phased out” or “phased down”. It matters that news is truthful and that literature inspires.

Language reflects – and can even define – who we are. So a little respect, please, for its rules.
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Orright you spunkrats, here's where all our Aussie summertime language came from

Orright you spunkrats, here's where all our Aussie summertime language came from | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
The Australian summer has provided its own colourful vocabulary over the years, from Spooners to speedos and bush walks to hikes.
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Holding on to a teenage email address: ‘The lawyer raised her eyebrow when she saw’ | Australian lifestyle | The Guardian

Holding on to a teenage email address: ‘The lawyer raised her eyebrow when she saw’ | Australian lifestyle | The Guardian | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Ladybuggz, cooldudes and kinkygurls: our embarrassing digital footprints can come back to haunt us – but they’re also a source of nostalgia
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‘Shocked’ Melbourne council to change name after discovering slavery link

‘Shocked’ Melbourne council to change name after discovering slavery link | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Moreland council in Melbourne’s north will commit to changing its title after being made aware it was named after a Jamaican sugar plantation that used slave labour.
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Auslan interpreter Mikey Webb raises awareness of deaf community amid disasters, pandemics - ABC News

Auslan interpreter Mikey Webb raises awareness of deaf community amid disasters, pandemics - ABC News | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
From rock concerts to press conferences, Mikey Webb is the much-loved Auslan interpreter who has graced our TV screens. His mission? To make Australia as inclusive for deaf people as it can be.
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‘Mate’: Where did it come from and what does it mean?

‘Mate’: Where did it come from and what does it mean? | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
From Shakespeare to the Australian Constitution (almost), mate is a short word with a long history. So how has the term evolved to become so recognisably Australian?
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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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Burner phone, vaxxed, demisexual: Why the dictionary keeps expanding

Burner phone, vaxxed, demisexual: Why the dictionary keeps expanding | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
No matter how diligently the lexicographers hoard, English will continue shape-shifting.
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Please excuse me, is there a place for politeness in Australian politics?

Please excuse me, is there a place for politeness in Australian politics? | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Research suggests Australia’s brand of politeness puts an emphasis on ‘being welcoming and showing solidarity’ … and ‘taking the piss’.
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Brittany Higgins and Grace Tame take aim at PM during National Press Club address – video | Australia news | The Guardian

Brittany Higgins and Grace Tame take aim at PM during National Press Club address – video | Australia news | The Guardian | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Brittany Higgins and Grace Tame take aim at PM during National Press Club address 
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‘No worries’: how America came to banish Australia’s go-to phrase | Australian lifestyle | The Guardian

‘No worries’: how America came to banish Australia’s go-to phrase | Australian lifestyle | The Guardian | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
US university puts Australianism in the linguistic naughty corner, but is it all a cultural misunderstanding?
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The talk every parent should have with their teen: what is love bombing?

The talk every parent should have with their teen: what is love bombing? | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
The first sign of a controlling relationship can be hard for teenagers to identify, but there are some behaviours to watch out for.
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From respair to cacklefart – the joy of reclaiming long-lost positive words | Susie Dent | The Guardian

From respair to cacklefart – the joy of reclaiming long-lost positive words | Susie Dent | The Guardian | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
We have been bombarded with negativity recently; but the English language is a treasure trove of joyous vocabulary, says Susie Dent, a lexicographer and etymologist
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Non-binary pronoun provokes furore in France, derided as ‘wokisme’

Non-binary pronoun provokes furore in France, derided as ‘wokisme’ | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
French dictionary publisher Le Petit Robert chose to add “iel” — a gender-neutral merging of the masculine “il” (he) and the feminine “elle” (she) — to its latest online edition.
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Why a ‘poetic’ sign language interpreter went viral in Australia

Why a ‘poetic’ sign language interpreter went viral in Australia | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
An Australian sign language interpreter has become a Twitter sensation. Why?
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Is Orwellian the most ill-used adjective in our vocabulary?

Is Orwellian the most ill-used adjective in our vocabulary? | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Orwellian is used to describe webcams, robodebt, deepfake videos, big government and vaccine passports. But which is it? They can’t all be right.
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Ums, likes and y’knows get no respect – but they’re vital to conversation | Aeon Videos

Ums, likes and y’knows get no respect – but they’re vital to conversation | Aeon Videos | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Why ums, likes and y’knows aren’t verbal litter but filled pauses that add context, emphasis and meaning to our conversations
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18 May 2021 Lingofile:

f you’ve ever listened to a recording of yourself speaking, you might have been surprised by the number of times you used fillers such as ‘um’, ‘uh’, ‘like’ and ‘y’know’. How do you feel when you hear these spoken language features in your or others conversation?

This week’s Lingofile worksheet guides students’ note taking while they watch a6 minute video about pauses... with great graphics!

 

Download the worksheet in the members' area of our website. Membership is free.

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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?