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YouGov survey: British sarcasm 'lost on Americans'

YouGov survey: British sarcasm 'lost on Americans' | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Some passive aggressive phrases - like "with the greatest respect" - could get lost in translation.
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Word of the year defines wider issue plaguing society

Word of the year defines wider issue plaguing society | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Make the word of the year whatever you want, but at least make sure it's a word.
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Backlash: 'Climate trolls attacked my kids'

Backlash: 'Climate trolls attacked my kids' | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Call me clueless, but when trolls called my teenage kids “uneducated, selfish, virtue-signalling little turds” (the hyphen is mine) on Facebook this
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Another of many stories about trolling online.

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We need the singular ‘they’ – and it won’t seem wrong for long | Aeon Ideas

We need the singular ‘they’ – and it won’t seem wrong for long | Aeon Ideas | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
English is a living language: should we resist new gender-neutral pronouns until they feel right, or should we evolve?
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About pronouns and sexist language.

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Color or Fruit? On the Unlikely Etymology of "Orange" | Literary Hub

Color or Fruit? On the Unlikely Etymology of "Orange" | Literary Hub | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
The human eye can distinguish millions of shades of color, subtly discriminating small differences of energy along the visual spectrum. No language, however, has words for more than about 1,000 of …
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Some etymology for the New Year. And a tip for a book on language.

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The Tangled Language of Jargon

The Tangled Language of Jargon | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
What our emotional reaction to jargon reveals about the evolution of the English language, and how the use of these specialized terms can manipulate meaning.
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Jargon is an all time favourite!

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Bring back these Aussie sayings. They're fresh, brilliant and ours

Bring back these Aussie sayings. They're fresh, brilliant and ours | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Have a gander at ’em! Use them. Because so many of them are largely forgotten.
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10 September 2018 Lingofile Worksheet: this article and the one by Kate Burridge and Howie Manns - 'Get your hand off it, mate' - form the basis for this week's free VCE English Language worksheet. You'll find the worksheet in the Members area of our website - it has also been emailed to members. Sign up for our regular worksheets at www.boobookeducation.com.au

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What is 'mince'? Supermarkets and farmers clash over Funky Fields plant product - ABC Rural - ABC News

What is 'mince'? Supermarkets and farmers clash over Funky Fields plant product - ABC Rural - ABC News | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
A decision by a major supermarket to sell mince made from plants in the red meat aisle of the supermarket has farmers and a Nationals senator seeing red.
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13 August 2018 Lingofile worksheet: another debate about the naming of foods. Can a non-meat product be called 'meat'? You can access our worksheet (with suggested answers) in the Members area of our website. 

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The Manslator

The Manslator: A cure for speaking while female Website: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/thefeed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefeedsbsviceland Twitter
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17 July 2018 Lingofile worksheet: this hilarious satire is ideal for EL classes. You can access the BBE worksheet from the Members area of our website - it's free and comes with some suggested answers for the teacher. Students can use the transcript key provided to annotate the piece - it's good practice!

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Deadly Questions – You ask. Aboriginal Victorians Answer.

Deadly Questions – You ask. Aboriginal Victorians Answer. | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
This is your opportunity to learn about Victoria’s Aboriginal people – their history, culture, connection to place and hopes for the future. It’s anonymous, so don’t be shy. What will you ask?
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Lingofile worksheet 4 June 2018. Here is the topic on which our free worksheet this week is based. Download it from the BBE website -Members area and enjoy exploring this resource with your students.

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Why Nouns Slow Us Down, and Why Linguistics Might Be in a Bubble

Why Nouns Slow Us Down, and Why Linguistics Might Be in a Bubble | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Alan Burdick writes about a new study in linguistics that found that speakers of different languages pause longer before nouns than they do other words.
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Why Does 'Laurel' Sound Like 'Yanny'?

Why Does 'Laurel' Sound Like 'Yanny'? | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
It’s the audio version of The Dress.
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A linguistic perspective on the Yanny/Laurel debate. A fun discussion to be had!

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Sweet Jesus ice cream chain refuses to change ‘blasphemous’ name despite backlash

Sweet Jesus ice cream chain refuses to change ‘blasphemous’ name despite backlash | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
A Canadian ice cream chain based has refused to change its “blasphemous” name despite thousands signing online petitions calling for a boycott. Sweet Jesus is a Toronto-based company that specialises in soft ice cream and milkshakes.  The brand has recently faced heavy criticism by some Christians who have described the name as “mocking”.
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Lingofile worksheet 7 May 2018: We hope you enjoy this week's worksheet - and the article here that it is based on. You can find the worksheet in the Members area of our website, or if you are on our mailing list, it has been sent to you as a PDF.

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Lingofile worksheet 7 May 2018: We hope you enjoy this week's worksheet - and the article here that it is based on. You can find the worksheet in the Members area of our website, or if you are on our mailing list, it has been sent to you as a PDF.

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The 'x' factor: is ending a text with a kiss flirtatious? | Life and style | The Guardian

The 'x' factor: is ending a text with a kiss flirtatious? | Life and style | The Guardian | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Not according to a judge’s recent ruling, but the letter X can be an ambiguous signoff. Is it best avoided?
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This is a good illustration of the importance of 'context' in communication.

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Why language might be the optimal self-regulating system | Aeon Essays

Why language might be the optimal self-regulating system | Aeon Essays | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Bound by rules, yet constantly changing, language might be the ultimate self-regulating system, with nobody in charge
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Our changing language means it is now the season of goodwill to them and theirs

Our changing language means it is now the season of goodwill to them and theirs | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
I was a champion eye roller but now I find others putting me on the spot
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Eye-rolling provoked by language from the patriarchal past...

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Troubling vision: Inside Facebook's rule book for political speech

Troubling vision: Inside Facebook's rule book for political speech | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Facebook monitors billions of posts per day in over 100 languages, but some of its own employees are worried about this process and the thinking behind it.
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Free speech, hate speech, public discourse and social expectations. Whose standards?

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Why waging an epic battle with son over hyperbole proves fruitless

Why waging an epic battle with son over hyperbole proves fruitless | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Is there ever a time when hyperbole is appropriate? Ask a five-year-old.
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Changes in meaning and use.

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Get yer hand off it, mate, Australian slang is not dying

Every few years there’s a furphy that our beloved 'Strine' slang is doing a Harold Holt – but in fact Aussies are still slinging true-blue slang.
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10 September 2018 Lingofile Worksheet: we've Scooped this one previously, but it's a perfect companion to the one that's the focus of this week's free worksheet about Australian slang and idioms.

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Pollie nicknames: the good, the bad and the hilarious

Pollie nicknames: the good, the bad and the hilarious | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Aussies love bestowing unflattering nicknames on famous figures like prime ministers. Barnaby Joyce's new nickname has put him in some good company.
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28 August 2018 Lingofile worksheet: From Mr Harbourside to ScoMo. A linguistic approach to the shenanigans of the past week in Australian politics. 

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Shouting down your opponents just cements the silos

Shouting down your opponents just cements the silos | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
When I asked someone on Twitter how many times he thought we'd had conservative think tank the IPA on The Drum this year, he suggested 50. He was way off.
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30 July 2018 Lingofile: a thought provoking article on the nature of public discourse, free speech and discussion. The worksheet is in the Members area of our website - download it for free to use with your classes.

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- Interview with Jon Faine, ABC 774

Federal Government's proposed English language test announced. 

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18June 2018 Lingofile worksheet: proposed English test for migrants wishing to become permanent residents. A great topic for linguistic analysis. The worksheet has been emailed to members, and is also accessible in the Members area of our website.

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Think You Always Say Thank You? Oh, Please - The New York Times

Think You Always Say Thank You? Oh, Please - The New York Times | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
A new study of everyday language use around the world shows that we offer expressions of gratitude far less often than we think.
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Mr Men children's books accused of being 'sexist'

Mr Men children's books accused of being 'sexist' | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Mr Men books have been accused of being 'sexist' and often portray the 'Little Miss' characters as a 'damsel in distress', according to a university study.
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Lingofile worksheet 23 May 2018: A storm surrounds the claim that Mr Men books are perpetuating sexist gender stereotypes. A great topic for a class discussion. You can get the worksheet in the Members area of our website - it's free to use!

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Foreign Correspondence: Are thank you notes still relevant?

Foreign Correspondence: Are thank you notes still relevant? | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Call me old-fashioned, but sending a personal message of thanks is an exercise in gratitude
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Politeness and writing - is it old fashioned? Who in your class has ever written a thank you note? Are stationers going out of business?

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