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Droplets of Verse: 'Putin Ain't No Voodoo Child'

Putin ain’t no voodoo child
He’s never played Jimi Hendrix wild
Prefers making war to creating art
Doesn’t ride the breeze, shoots poison darts

Drafts in Sergei Lavrov on drums… 22 more words

Writing

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English

Skype's Translates Calls Instantly

Skype Translator lets users speak their native language on one end, and the software translates the dialogue instantly on the other side of the call. 7 more words

ABIHA RASHID argues that we should ‘stɒp tɛstɪŋ peɪʃəns wɪð fɒnɪks’ ('stop testing patience with phonics')

The synthetic phonics teaching method was imposed as part of the UK’s national curriculum to draw focus on phonetically sounding out letters and blending them to help drive up their literacy standards (DfE). 656 more words

University Of Chester

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne​​​​​

Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden… 384 more words

The English Language

It’s On The Brain: Shorthand That Is!

It has been said that about half of the world’s population is bilingual this is reinforced by the fact that there are roughly thirty times as many languages as there are countries. 367 more words

Journalism

Droplets of Verse: 'The Bank of Tory'

Millions stashed away, from hedge fund donors
The Tories hoard away a humungous bankers bonus
Enough to fund two election campaigns if necessary
More than enough to privatise all the tooth fairies… 74 more words

Poetry