Our Living Language
Jun29

Our Living Language

The English language is a constantly evolving. New words are constantly being added. Even the alphabet is not immutable. For example did you know that not so long ago there were 27 letters on the alphabet ?

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Nursery Rhymes – Origin & History II
Apr27

Nursery Rhymes – Origin & History II

Behind every nursery rhyme is a history and story that’s every bit intriguing as the rhyme itself.

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How was the order of our alphabet determined?
Apr17

How was the order of our alphabet determined?

Is there any particular reason why A comes before B or that Z is the last letter of the alphabet? We delve here into the origins of this and the system of writing.

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Wordsmith – Food for thought
Apr10

Wordsmith – Food for thought

Improve and test your gastronomic wordpower.

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Origin of Some Popular English Idioms II
Jan24

Origin of Some Popular English Idioms II

The origins of a selection of some popular English expressions and sayings.

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How does language influence the way we think ?
Jan06

How does language influence the way we think ?

Does our language influence the way we think and perceive the world around us? Psychologists think it does.

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Nursery Rhymes – Origin & History
Dec16

Nursery Rhymes – Origin & History

As children we’re taught many different nursery rhymes. Most seem frivolous and amusing however behind every one is a history and story that’s every bit intriguing as the rhyme itself.

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Reconstructing the 1st language
Oct21

Reconstructing the 1st language

Is it possible to recreate the language of Stone Age man, spoken between 30,000 and 100,000 years ago? Some linguists believe it is.

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The 1st English Dictionary
Oct11

The 1st English Dictionary

The first English dictionary was the work of a single man just over 250 years ago. Here’s some background to this epic achievement.

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Wordsmith – Test your wordpower
Aug12

Wordsmith – Test your wordpower

Improve and test your wordpower by matching words to one of a multiple possible definitions.

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Origin of Some Popular English Idioms
Jun10

Origin of Some Popular English Idioms

The origins of a selection of some popular English expressions and sayings.

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