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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 …

Oxford Dictionary

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

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 …

Israel

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 …

Linguistics

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 …

Linguistics

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 …

Language Learning

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+.

Australia

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> …

Language Learning

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

<i>The Collins Dictionary</i> has released this year's top 10 words, and there's enough in there to make any traditionalist shudder, like the inclusion of …

Language

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 …

Language

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

Sydney arrest followed confrontation in which Filip Black, 29, was first arrested then released after police officer also swore<p>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 …

Kazakhstan Cheers New Alphabet, Except for All Those Apostrophes

ALMATY, Kazakhstan — In his 26 years as Kazakhstan’s first and only president, Nursultan A. Nazarbayev has managed to keep a resurgent Russia at bay and navigate the treacherous geopolitical waters around Moscow, Beijing and Washington, keeping on good terms with all three capitals.<p>The …

Lost in (mis)translation? English take on Korean novel has critics up in arms

A row over Han Kang’s award-winning novella The Vegetarian highlights the unavoidable difficulties of importing a novel from a very different language – but literal translation too often results in poor books<p>Another week, another round in what I shall henceforth refer to as Han Kang-gate – though …

Language

Do men find women who swear unattractive?

It might be 2018 but women are still told that it’s ‘unbecoming’ of a lady to swear.<p>Preferences are preferences when it comes to dating and it’s …

New research reveals religious profanity and homophobic terminology among the most common swearwords used online

Religious swear words and homophobic phrases are among the most common profanity used in online blogs, new research suggests.

Homophobia

France’s Ongoing Quest to Crush English Loanwards

Saying “adieu” to “le smartphone.”<p>The French language police tend not to shoot from the hip. Instead, these guardians of the Gallic tongue will …

Escapee or escaper? Investigating –ee suffixes (and why they’re not always obvious)

‘-ee means something happens to you; -er means you do something: so employee, invitee (if you must), refugee but attender, escaper, etc, rather than …

Linguistics

Where do new words come from?

WHERE do new words come from? Few are purely invented, in the sense of being coined from a string of sounds chosen more or less at random. Most tend …

Why grammar is not about being ‘right’ or ‘wrong’

Imagine an English lesson where students are studying <i>The Lonely Londoners</i> by Sam Selvon. At the beginning of the novel, they read the following:<p><i>One</i> …

Hunter-gatherers have a special way with smells — Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

“There has been a long-standing consensus that ‘smell is the mute sense, the one without words,’ and decades of research with English-speaking …

Botany

Babies' Babbling Builds Better Brains

It’s long been known that babies modify their sounds to become more speech-like in response to feedback from their caregivers, and that they learn …

Neuroscience

Mind your Ps and Qs! Words and phrases from the printing press

You probably don’t think about the printing press very often, but in its heyday it completely changed the world. Little wonder, then, that a number …

Why people are still trying to 'lose' their accents

Some people do it to become more intelligible. Others to gain respect or seek new opportunities.<p>In this episode of The World in Words, we hear from Americans and non-Americans about why they have tried to "lose" their accent.<p>Novelist Louie Cronin grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In her high …

How multiculturalism is changing the way we speak

Australia is more culturally diverse than ever before. Nearly half of the population were either born overseas or have a parent born overseas, …

Language

Why does the UK have so many accents?

Where we come from matters. Our origins form an important part of a distinctive personality, which can become a group identity when we share these …

Linguistics