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Bonk Ban: Malcolm Turnbull Has Banned Ministers From Having Sex With Their Staff

Well, Malcolm Turnbull didn’t have the guts to ask Barnaby Joyce to resign this afternoon, but <i>has</i> moved to officially impose a parliamentary bonk ban!<p>…

Is there a language gap between native English speakers and migrants?

A Sydney linguist is investigating how native English speakers in Australia communicate with migrants from non-English speaking backgrounds.<p>The study …

Why Would the President of the United States, Like, Tweet This Way?

Donald Trump described himself as “like, really smart.”<p>Donald Trump triggered yet another round of furious Twitterology this weekend when, in the midst of a tweetstorm defending himself against Michael Wolff’s blockbuster book, <i>Fire and Fury</i>, Trump declared that “throughout my life, my two greatest …

Donald Trump

Why we should start using ‘thou’, ‘yea’, and ‘nay’ again

Over the course of its existence, the number of speakers of English and the number of words they use have grown exponentially. In terms of grammar …

The way humans point isn't as universal as you might think

Octopuses have long arms and plenty of smarts, but they don’t point. Nor do chimps, gorillas or other apes, at least not in the wild.<p>Humans, on the …

Billy Morgan, Sochi: An Olympic snowboarder said "huck it," and the BBC freaked out.

On Saturday, the British snowboarder Billy Morgan finished in a disappointing 10th place in the men's slopestyle final. Explaining the outcome to the …

Why I can't bear to watch the most popular show in Australia with my daughters

On Tuesday night, the bedroom talk was all-consuming. Three weeks into a six-week "social experiment" in which strangers supposedly seeking love are …

National Grammar Day: What language pedants and fashion victims have in common

Language pedants who take pleasure in policing other people’s use of grammar often have an air of respectability about them, but it’s usually a sheen …

Actor debuts tattoo on Oscars red carpet

Actress Emma Watson took to the Oscars red carpet on Sunday evening with a cause close to her heart tattooed on her arm. Only the powerful “Times up” …

The Murky Linguistics of Consent

“Yes, no, maybe. I don’t know. Can you repeat the question?”—<i>They Might Be Giants</i>You’d be forgiven for being confused right now about how we’re …

Language

Why do media organisations like News Corp, Reuters and The New York Times still use words like 'Aborigines'?

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have different ways in which they like to be referred to, but all can agree on a few basics when it …

Qantas staff told to avoid ‘gender inappropriate’ words

An information package was sent out to airline employees by People and Culture group executive Lesley Grant ahead of the company’s Spirit of …

Qantas

It’s official: Hangry is now a word

It’s 3 o'clock. Lunch was two hours ago and dinner isn’t until at least 7 o’clock. You’re at a till waiting for the person in front to pay. They …

Toughen up, senior snowflakes, swearing at work is good for us | André Spicer

Evidence suggests that older people are more offended by foul language, but perhaps they should embrace it and find something else to complain about<p>Taking offence has become hobby number one among the young. According to some, today’s teens and twentysomethings are part of generation snowflake. …

Is language key to resolving the Israeli-Arab conflict?

According to a 2017 Pew Research Center poll, many people believe language is “the core of national identity.”<p>More than 70 percent of the population …

You Lie More When Speaking a Second Language

Manon Jones, <i>Bangor University</i> and Ceri Ellis, <i>University of Manchester</i><p>Whether you’re speaking in your native tongue, or in another language, being …

The power of profane language

<b>Swearing Is Good for You.</b> By Emma Byrne. <i>W.W. Norton; 240 pages; $25.95. Profile Books; £12.99.</i><p>IN THESE potty-mouthed times, when certain world …

The Absolute F-cking Best Swear Word For You

Scientifically speaking, swearing is good for you. It deadens pain and enlivens our emotional discourse. We know that its effects are physiological …

Pupils who speak English as second language overtake native speakers, figures show

Pupils who speak English as a second language are now outperforming native speakers at GCSEs , official figures show.<p>Data released today by the Department for Education (DfE) shows that children who grow up speaking a language other than English now have a higher attainment score than their …

The evolution of the Australian accent

Australia Day; it's snags on the barbie, mozzies, long necks, Akubra hats and that all Aussie sun blazing through our SPF 50+.<p>But what is it that …

Languages aren't racist, people are

<b>Linguicism can be linguistically argued to be racism, but the reality is that pupils will learn best in the language they understand best, write</b> …

Linguistics

English isn't uniquely expressive or fluid, but it is uniquely, dysfunctionally weird

Lots of languages are hybridized from multiple, overlapping waves of conquerers, "but English’s hybridity is high on the scale compared with most …

Don't fret: Shakespeare would have loved emojis

Without entering the culture wars, I would suggest that language is made richer by including new, strange words, rather than designating them …

How to Speak Perfect Emoji, and Other Language Lessons

<b>MAKING SENSE</b> <b><br>The Glamorous Story of English Grammar</b> <br>By David Crystal<br>281 pp. Oxford University, $24.95.<p>The indefatigable linguist Crystal’s latest book, “Making Sense,” is a surprisingly entertaining historical and scholarly tour of the mechanics of English. Grammar can seem as technical and …

There’s no universally correct way to be polite, according to linguistics

There’s no universally correct way to be polite. You wouldn’t ask your mother for a favor the same way you’d ask an acquaintance. You wouldn’t ask your boss for a favor the same way you’d ask your fellow employee or a subordinate. And you wouldn’t ask any of these people to tell you what time it is …

Linguistics

Amazon jobs: Tech company seeks Australian linguist to help data team

Looking for a new job? Tech giant Amazon is in search for a linguist who can teach it the intricacies of the Australian accent.<p>The company that was …

How the Appetite for Emojis Complicates the Effort to Standardize the World’s Alphabets

<b>A</b>nshuman Pandey was intrigued. A graduate student in history at the University of Michigan, he was searching online for forgotten alphabets of South Asia when an image of a mysterious writing system popped up. In eight years of digging through British colonial archives both real and digital, he has …

Man convicted of swearing was illegally arrested in first place, court hears

A man who was arrested for saying “none of your fucking business” to a New South Wales police officer, and then released a minute later when the same officer also said “fucking”, is fighting an offensive language conviction in the state’s district court.<p>Filip Black, a 29-year-old who lives in …

Judiciary