Tag Archives: English language

LinkedIn profile buzzwords

Many people now have LinkedIn profiles – and there are many ways to describe yourself and your skills. It seems that “creative” is the most popular way though. LinkedIn has released its list of top 10 buzzwords on the site, with “creative” topping the list. 1. Creative 2. Organizational 3. Effective 4. Motivated 5. Extensive(…)


Diwali: English words from Indian languages

Happy Diwali everyone! I hope you enjoyed the festival of lights, even though I’m a little late in posting about it. I saw this post over at Wordnik on English words that have their roots in Indian languages and thought it was interesting. I was particularly intrigued to find the word ‘thug’ in their list(…)


Is texting ruining the English language?

Do you know your LOL from your TMI or OMG? Are these acronyms creeping in to your everyday English – outside of texting? This interesting infographic shows some staggering stats about texting, including that 8 TRILLION texts were sent in 2011. It also asks the questions “is texting ruining the English language?” and “is texting(…)


Mariah Carey’s words

Mariah Carey’s been around for a long time. She’s apparently one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 200 million records worldwide. She’s also known for writing her own lyrics, and Gawker has pointed out that she has a somewhat peculiar word choice at times. Here are some examples: Acquiescent –(…)


Is crowdsourcing a dictionary a good idea?

We’ve mentioned a few different dictionaries here over the years, including recently the news that Collins are taking a crowdsourced approach to adding new words. In an interesting article, Deborah Cameron discusses the advantages and disadvantages of crowdsourced dictionaries. An extract: One objection to this might be that what results from it in practice is(…)


Get your word in the dictionary!

Have you ever wanted to see that special word you and your friends use featured in the dictionary? Now’s your chance! The Collins Dictionary are inviting submissions from the public for the first time. You can submit your word online, and it will go through an evaluation process. If your word is accepted it will(…)


Are you a geek?

A friend of mine identifies as a geek; he even worked for the Geek Squad for a while. But some seem the term as derogatory – particularly if going by dictionary definitions. Google’s dictionary defines a geek as “an unfashionable or socially inept person” with a secondary meaning of “a person with an eccentric devotion(…)


Language of the future

What language will people speak in the future? That’s the subject of a chapter from new book “The Language Wars: A History of Proper English” by Farrar, Straus and Girous, extracted at Salon.com. English currently continues to dominate as the lingua franca of business and popular culture and it’s widely used in other industries. It’s(…)


People who became nouns

Have you ever wondered why the skin-tight one piece mostly seen on gymnasts is called a leotard? Or why a bathtub with massage jets is called a Jacuzzi? Then this slideshow from Slate is for you! Jacuzzi is the name of the Italian immigrant brothers who first invented a particular type of hot tub. The(…)