Eleven Punctuation Marks you (probably) never knew existed
May16

Eleven Punctuation Marks you (probably) never knew existed

If you thought that you had a handle on all the punctuation marks in the English language then you might need to think again. In this article we look at some of the largely forgotten and esoteric punctuation symbols and characters that are technically still part of the English lexicon.

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Wordsmith – Test your ‘American’
Apr08

Wordsmith – Test your ‘American’

Improve and test your wordpower. How many of these American-English words do you know?

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Unusual Animal Collectives
Mar18

Unusual Animal Collectives

You’d be surprised at what the ‘official’ English collective nouns are for groups of animals, we certainly were when we looked into it.

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The Evolution of the English Language
Feb18

The Evolution of the English Language

English is truly the international language of the world. It’s rise to prominence is due in no small part due to the British Empire and now to the all pervading American cultural hegemony. But what about the evolution of the language itself ?

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‘Who dunnit’ – Some Literary Sleuthing (Forensic Stylometry)
Feb04

‘Who dunnit’ – Some Literary Sleuthing (Forensic Stylometry)

In 2013 the Sunday Times ‘outed’ J.K. Rowling as the author of the detective novel “The Cuckoo’s Calling”, published under her nom de plume Robert Galbraith. They did this partly using a scientific technique called ‘forensic stylometry’. In this article we look at this ‘literary sleuthing’ method

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Lost in Translation III – Misadventures in English
Jan21

Lost in Translation III – Misadventures in English

English is the global language of communication which means that when it collides with local languages it can have hilarious results. Here we’ve gathered together the results of some of the planets finest misadventures in English.

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The Language of Shakespeare – Modern Terms Coined by the Bard
Jan07

The Language of Shakespeare – Modern Terms Coined by the Bard

We really do speak the language of Shakespeare today. You will be amazed at the expressions and words that we commonly use and are attributed to the great bard himself.

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Nursery Rhymes – Origins & History III
Dec27

Nursery Rhymes – Origins & History III

Behind every nursery rhyme is a history and story that’s every bit intriguing as the rhyme itself : Three Blind Mice; Mary Mary Quite Contrary; Pease-pudding Hot; Little Miss Muffet; Little Jack Horner

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We speak the language of Caesar everyday … and we don’t even know it – Everyday Latin Phrases
Nov29

We speak the language of Caesar everyday … and we don’t even know it – Everyday Latin Phrases

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. However, despite the passage of time, there are many common Latin phrases and abbreviations that have survived and are still in use in everyday language, even after a couple of thousand years.

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Lost in Translation II – Misadventures in English
Nov08

Lost in Translation II – Misadventures in English

English is the global language of communication which means that when it collides with local languages it can have hilarious results. Here we’ve gathered together the results of some of the planets finest misadventures in English.

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Wordsmith – Bizarre English Words
Nov01

Wordsmith – Bizarre English Words

Improve and test your wordpower against some of the rather more bizarre words that have found their way into the English language.

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Guernsey Patois – A Language Apart
Oct25

Guernsey Patois – A Language Apart

Guernsey Patois is a very ancient tongue indeed. A descecdant of old Norman French and developed in splendid isolation within the island it has become a true ‘language apart’.

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“Punctuation Marks Save Lives” – When Was Punctuation First Used in Language?
Oct08

“Punctuation Marks Save Lives” – When Was Punctuation First Used in Language?

Punctuation really does add more meaning to the written word than we often give these little characters credit for. But when was punctuation first used in any language ?

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Are You a Luddite?
Sep06

Are You a Luddite?

Are you a Luddite ? .. A term coined over 200 years ago.. Read on to see if you are (although the chances are that you aren’t, given that you’re using a computer to read this article on the internet)

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Did English used to have gendered nouns? … Yes!
Jul19

Did English used to have gendered nouns? … Yes!

In Romance languages (and many others), nouns have a gender. English today doesn’t but it wasn’t always so. In this article we look at how this situation came about.

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