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Um, here's an, uh, map that shows where Americans use "um" vs. "uh"

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Every language has filler words that speakers use in nervous moments or to buy time while thinking. Two of the most common of these in English are “uh” and “um.” They might seem interchangeable, but data show that their usage break down across surprising geographic lines.  768 more words

Yours, Mine, and Ours: Our Different Englishes In Education

As the issue of whether or not our different Englishes should be taught in schools is brought up, I can’t help but ask this first question in return: How many different Englishes are there? 438 more words

Rhetoric And Cultural Writing Stances

Kent accent in the 19th century: TRAP

This post continues from the introductory Kent accent in the 19th century.

The TRAP vowel

Figure 3. The timbre of the [æ]-like TRAP vowel by the seven informants: this timbre is close to the DRESS vowel (Yes), or it is not near the the DRESS vowel, but shifted towards [a] (No). 528 more words

Kent accent in the 19th century: Rhoticity

This post continues from the introductory Kent accent in the 19th century.


Rhoticity refers to the pronunciation of /r/. Originally, all instances of /r/ were pronounced in all dialects of English. 652 more words


A Guide to Berlinerisch

Ian Farrell explores the origins and development of Berlinerisch – and shows us how to speak ‘like a local’…

This is an excerpt from an article originally published on… 2,664 more words

Sherif N' the Bedouins

Five years ago in a Qatari public school, I was walking into my first class of middle school. New building, new teachers, new system, but the same students I was raised with. 618 more words


The book I read to research this post was Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson which is a very witty look at the development of languages with English being predominant. 306 more words