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"Thankfully, the English language has not changed very much since the 15th century."

These words were written by Daniel Root, self-confessedly ‘a proud proponent of prescriptive grammar rules’ in the Technician, published by North Carolina State University. Here is the full quote: 1,120 more words

Fixer-upper(er) and funnerer reduplication

My recent post on ludic language has prompted me to dig up and rework some old notes on playful reduplication in English. I’ll begin with a short comic verse by author and editor… 1,002 more words


Literally, too big a fuss about nothing - the latest English Today interactive feature

The sixth installment in the Bridging the Unbridgeable series of interactive features was published in the June 2015 issue of the English Today journal. In this feature, we ask readers to contribute to investigating the issue of the non-literal, intensifier use of… 226 more words

The Last Word

Mr. Vince really existed. He taught me, along with about forty other boys, at a London primary school between 1959 and 1960. He was in the classroom with us every day from nine until four (give or take a few minutes) with an hour and a half for lunch at midday. 921 more words

English Teachers

More radio interviews

My article on what American English will sound like in 2050, which led to my being on a radio show in Los Angeles, has since gotten me interviewed on two more radio shows – like the first one, on National Public Radio, which seems to be the only kind of radio station that cares about this kind of thing. 18 more words

The Week

Like It Or Not, Language Is Changing

Last night, I was idly browsing online on my phone while waiting for some friends to join me, when I stumbled across this issue which was submitted to an agony aunt column in… 729 more words


Is emoji really the fastest growing language in the UK?

Last week, Australian online news site news.com.au posted this blog claiming that emoticons are the hieroglyphics of the fastest growing language in the UK: emoji. This is substantiated by a new video on emojional literacy made by the communications company Talk Talk and supported by Professor Vyv Evans from Bangor University. 379 more words

Language Change