Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth , the  BBC’s long-running magazine programme about language on Radio 4 has just begun a new series. It is essential listening for A level English students, providing a wide range of entertaining and topical features about language that can often help to consolidate topics covered in the course and provide up to date examples and anecdotes of the type that examiners love.

Thanks to the wonders of the internet, you don’t have to be next to a radio when it’s on either, as each edition is available to listen at your own convenience for seven days after the original broadcast. There is also  a message board that is worth a look, particularly for examples of ill-informed prescriptive attitudes about language of the type that you are now too expert to fall for 😉

This week there was an entertaining feature about meanings for which we don’t have words, with the co-author of The Meaning of Liff . When I get round to sorting out some prizes (I still owe Charlotte in Y12 Eng Lang a promised reward), there will be an award for the best example of a ‘Liff’ you can come up with. (Or should that be “Up with which you can come?“)

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