Tag Archives: English language

The Language of Hollywood

With the movie industry continuing to churn out remake after remake, and adding further installments to pre-existing franchises instead of finding new stories to tell, we could be forgiven for thinking that there is very little new left to come from Hollywood. Nothing highlights this further for us as language lovers than the decline of(…)


8 Popular Phrases You Probably Didn’t Know Were Coined by Shakespeare

The Bard may be long gone but his influence on the English language persists hundreds of years after he penned his last work. William Shakespeare created new words and phrases all the time for his plays and poetry, and a lot of them surprisingly still persist today. When we’re not making use of his plot(…)


The Most Hated Words in English

Is there a word that prickles your skin, raises the short hairs on the back of your neck, or just in general makes you feel sick? Did you even know about this phenomenon? That a simple word with no political or hateful connotations can make normal person uncomfortable. Well, it’s a thing, and it seems(…)


What Happened with Slang in 2016?

One of the great side effects of the massive breath of the English language is the slang to which it has given birth. As English has become the language of the world, the slang works its way into cultures and countries everywhere. Cool, kinky, crazy slang words of course. Hang out, chill out, freak out(…)


Has Political Correctness Gone Mad?

If I type “political correctness” into my search bar, third in the list of suggestions is the phrase “political correctness gone mad”. A favourite of UK tabloid the Daily Mail, it has become somewhat of a cliché and is used to invoke hysteria about supposed policing of language. Ironically, many people would object to the(…)


Famous definitions of love

It’s still a few weeks until Valentine’s Day, but it’s never too early to brush up on your definitions of love. Brain Pickings is here to help, listing some famous definitions from 200 years of literary history. One of my favourites is this quote from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin: Love is a temporary madness, it erupts(…)