Speak Like a Guern – Phrases only a Guern will understand
Apr13

Speak Like a Guern – Phrases only a Guern will understand

Every community will have its own ‘in-phrases’ and terms and Guernsey is no exception. In this article we introduce you to some modern day ‘Guern Speak’, terms that only a true Guern will understand.

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20 Old English Words to Revive : From Apricity to Jargogle to Widdendream
Mar20

20 Old English Words to Revive : From Apricity to Jargogle to Widdendream

As language evolves, new words are born and others die out. In this article we look at some delightful English words that time has forgotten.

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Why is it that Humans Can Speak?
Feb06

Why is it that Humans Can Speak?

Of all the things that define us as humans there is surely one remarkable thing that marks us out from other life on earth – language and the ability to communicate via speech. But what is it in our genes that allows us to do this?

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18 Delightfully Naughty Forgotten English Words We Should Bring Back
Jan26

18 Delightfully Naughty Forgotten English Words We Should Bring Back

As language evolves, new words are born and others die out. In this article we look at some delightful, slightly naughty English words that time has forgotten – maybe you could start your own mini language revival and begin using them in your everyday conversation !

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Useful Guernesiais Words And Phrases
Jan19

Useful Guernesiais Words And Phrases

After the Norman conquest of England in 1066, Norman French became the official language used at court and by the nobles. It was 300 years before ‘English’ became the official language of England. In Guernsey however the local people continued speaking Norman.

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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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