Category Archives: ENB6 – Language Change

The Physics of Language Change

Some of you are studying maths and/or physics as well as English. I wonder if it’s occurred to you to connect those disciplines? Well, it occurred to some physicists, mathematicians and linguists at the University of Edinburgh and elsewhere, and … Continue reading

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Save the OED!

Well, there’s little chance that the Oxford English Dictionary itself, possibly the world’s greatest work of reference, will go to the wall. But our access to it is under threat. I was told today that the school’s subscription will not … Continue reading

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Have M&S got fewer standards than they used to?

I went to Chester at the weekend and saw this remarkable sight: What’s going on there then? What’s the situation in Doncaster M&S? What about the supermarkets/shops that you use or work in? There’s plenty of online discussions of this … Continue reading

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Voices

Reading David Crystal’s blog reminded me of another superb resource that I haven’t made enough of, and keep forgetting about. It’s the BBC ‘Voices’ project at http://www.bbc.co.uk/voices/ . Unfortunately the ‘Dialects’ topic is no longer on Unit 2 for English … Continue reading

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Mondegreens and eggcorns

It was an excellent discussion in Y12 Lang yesterday (well, I enjoyed it, anyway). The word I was looking for but couldn’t recall was mondegreen. Interesting related phenomena include eggcorns . Fran asked about those words such as ‘gormless’ that … Continue reading

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OED ‘Word of the Day’ added

If you look over in the sidebar, you’ll see I’ve added a feed to the Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Day. If you click on the word, it will take you to that word’s entry on the OED site. … Continue reading

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Word of the Year 2006

Congratulations to “crackberry” I wonder if it cried at the awards ceremony?

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