Two Nations Divided by a Common Language – Some Differences between American & British English
Jan05

Two Nations Divided by a Common Language – Some Differences between American & British English

“Two nations divided by a common language” – an expression variously attributed to Oscar Wilde & George Bernard Shaw seems to aptly sum up some of the ‘infurating’ differences between “our version of English” and that of our American Cousins. In this article we present just some of the subtle, and not so sublte, differences in our common tongue.

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“Sweating Like a Pig ?” – It has nothing to do with the Animal
Jan02

“Sweating Like a Pig ?” – It has nothing to do with the Animal

Wher does the English idion of “Sweating Like a Pig” come from ?

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Have Yourself a Merry Patois Christmas – Silent Night in Guernsey French
Dec08

Have Yourself a Merry Patois Christmas – Silent Night in Guernsey French

Ever wondered how to sing your favourite carols in Guernsey French ? Well now you can. In this article we’ve listed the Guernesiais version of Silent Night along with the phonetic pronunciation

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Does any other Animal ‘Speak’ or Communicate like Humans?
Nov28

Does any other Animal ‘Speak’ or Communicate like Humans?

Chimpanzees share about 99% of our DNA, making them our closest living relatives, so the questions might be better re-phrased as “Can chimps speak?”

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They have a word for that in Greek / Russian / Italien … (things you can’t say in English)
Sep19

They have a word for that in Greek / Russian / Italien … (things you can’t say in English)

If you look at the statistics around the English language you’d think that we already have more than enough words in this ‘language of the World’. However as much as we like to think of English as the biggest and best of all the World languages, it turns out there’s just some things you can’t express in one word … but you can in other languages. Démerdeur (French); Koi no yokan (Japenese); Dreich (Scots); Litost (Czech)

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The Language of Caesar : Latin Phrases Everyone Should Know
Jun09

The Language of Caesar : Latin Phrases Everyone Should Know

A motley combination of Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and Germanic dialects, the English language (more or less as we know it) coalesced between the 9th and 13th centuries. Despite this we use a lot of Latin phrases to this day. In this article we look at some of the more common Latin phrases that we should all know.

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Love Books? – 7 Words every Bibliophile Should Know
May16

Love Books? – 7 Words every Bibliophile Should Know

Are you a Bibliophile, someone who loves books? If you are you’ll know the joy of buying, collecting, owning, (smelling?), touching and of course reading these textual marvels. In this article we introduce you to some words I think every Bibliophile should know.

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6 Words That Are Older Than You Might Think – Unfriend, Trick Out, OMG, LOL, Punk, Dude
Mar14

6 Words That Are Older Than You Might Think – Unfriend, Trick Out, OMG, LOL, Punk, Dude

In the English language new words come into being daily. There are, however, some words that we might just associate with the hipster speak of todays’ social media that turn out to be a lot older than you might think . So here are six of them.

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Crossing the Rubicon – Caesar and the Birth of an English Idiom
Jan10

Crossing the Rubicon – Caesar and the Birth of an English Idiom

On the 10th January 49 BC Julius Caesar led one of his legions across a small stream called the Rubicon, thus defying the Roman Senate and breaking the Lex Cornelia Majestatis that forbade a general from bringing an army out of the province to which he was assigned. Turning to his lieutenants just before he crossed, Caesar remarked bitterly, ‘Jacta alea est’ (The die is cast.)

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The Curious Case of the 2 Turkeys
Dec23

The Curious Case of the 2 Turkeys

In this article we look at the mistake that gave Turkey (the Bird) the same name as Turkey (the Nation).

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Do Eskimos Really have 80 Words for Snow ?
Nov25

Do Eskimos Really have 80 Words for Snow ?

This is one of those urban myths that refuse to die … “Do Eskimos Really have 80 Words for Snow ?” So in this article we hope to answer it once and for all.

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The Origins of Guernsey French and Other Channel Island Languages
Sep16

The Origins of Guernsey French and Other Channel Island Languages

Guernésiais, Auregnais, Jèrriais and Sercquiais – the local names for the French spoken in the respective islands – are direct descendants from the Norman French spoken at the time of the Conqueror. In this article we look at their ‘family tree’.

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Origins of Some English Eponyms : Uncle Sam, Masochism, Martinet & Jezebel
Aug09

Origins of Some English Eponyms : Uncle Sam, Masochism, Martinet & Jezebel

Eponyms are one of the most fascinating examples of how the English language gains new words. In this article we take a colourful look at the phenomenon some eponyms like : Uncle Sam, Masochism, Martinet & Jezebel.

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Origins of Some English Eponyms : Juggernaut, Lynching, Malapropism, Maverick & Tantalise
Jun21

Origins of Some English Eponyms : Juggernaut, Lynching, Malapropism, Maverick & Tantalise

Eponyms are one of the most fascinating examples of how the English language gains new words. In this article we take a colourful look at the phenomenon some eponyms like : Juggernaut, Lynching, Malapropism, Maverick & Tantalise.

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Words that were re-invented by the Internet
May17

Words that were re-invented by the Internet

Innovations and new technology always brings with it new terminologies and new vocabularies but they can also reinvent definitions for existing words. In this article we look at six words the internet reinvented.

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