Tag Archives: English

The Post-Election Political Power Shift

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The US election is over, and despite there still being the matter of the official electoral college vote of December 19th to make it a (dystopian) reality, it looks as though the world has got itself a new American president. We say the world, because despite the potential horrors American citizens are now facing in(…)


The Next Steps for Our Ever-Evolving English

Whilst this joke is so old that it isn’t at all relative anymore, the idea that the English language might subtly adopt changes until it looks like something entirely different isn’t a new one. Linguists and us regular folk have been bemoaning the encroachment of lols into our everyday language for just about as long(…)


British vs. American: The Battle of the Dialects

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Might you be from the UK or United States and ever wonder what the differences between American English and British English are? Well, aside from that whole accent thing and spelling, believe it or not verb usage and vocabulary vary quite a bit. As you know, with language variation, we’re here to break down some(…)


“Moist” and Other Averse Words that Take the Cake

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That word. Yes, That word. The word we all love to hate, the world that has our inner squick surfacing, our faces grimacing, and our fingers curling for purchase into any reassuring comfort we can get our hands on. But what is it about that word that we currently can’t even bring ourselves to type(…)


How to Make Your English Sound More Natural

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Learning English is incredibly difficult, which is something non-native speakers of English don’t always understand. The English language is insane, with rules that almost always have exceptions, homophones, homonyms, gerunds, and a ton of other things that make the language incredibly tricky to speak with native proficiency. So what’s an English language learner to do?(…)


How Hipsters Are Bringing Words’ Groove Back

In the last five or so years, hipsters have become a huge part of Millennial culture. They’re usually known for their love of flannel, skinny jeans, obscure bands, and indie films. They can be found hanging out at hole-in-the-wall coffee shops or browsing for clothes at their local vintage shop. Furthermore, hipsters are generally famous(…)


Pack Your Suitcase, It’s Time to Go to Zanzibar

This week’s pick for Travel Tuesday even sounds exotic; that’s how great a destination this one is! Zanzibar, an archipelago—another sexy word—off of the east coast of Africa, is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania about 25-30 km off of the mainland. We are very excited to explore this place with you, so come take a(…)


Esperanto, the Language of the Future

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Odd question alert: When you look at the future, what language do you see? Are you someone who sees the reality that is the sheer number of Mandarin speakers exploding so that it becomes the dominant language? Are you a native English speaker clinging on to the English as lingua franca idea? Or can you(…)


Pokémon’s Influence on the Language of Virtual Reality

Unless you have been living under a rock these past few weeks, you’ll know what Pokémon Go is. Chances are, even if you haven’t played the game for yourself, you have become familiar with some new vocabulary such as pokestop: And pokemon gym – even if up until now you were clueless as to what(…)


Gibraltar: Are We Still in the UK?

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When you hear The Rock, we are sure your first thoughts fly to the one and only Dwayne Johnson; former WWE wrestler, current actor, all-round sweetheart if what The Internet tells us is true. But no, we’re not thinking about that The Rock, although we are sure he’d be lovely company on holiday. No, The(…)