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How the BBC’s truth offensive beat Hitler’s propaganda machine

Accurate radio reporting of British defeats helped win trust of German listeners<p>When it came to winning the war against Hitler’s sophisticated propaganda machine, the BBC hit upon an ingenious idea: tell the unvarnished truth.<p>An academic trawl of the corporation’s archives has revealed that while …

Remembrance Day

Cops speak less respectfully to black community members | Stanford News

The first systematic analysis of police body camera footage shows that officers consistently use less respectful language with black community …

National Academy of Sciences

“Talking Black in America”: A New Film on African American English

<i>This post is part of a new blog series that announces the release of new films in African American History and African Diaspora Studies. Today, I am</i> …

Black History

How Italian became the language of love

Writers and poets shaped its style and vocabulary over centuries, with beauty and sound as some of their primary considerations.<p>It happened again the other day. I was walking down the street in my home city in the US when I heard it; a couple speaking Italian. I hurried to catch up with them, …

Language

Why You Need Emoji - Issue 50: Emergence

The use of emojis has become a global phenomenon. By 2015, over 6 billion emojis1 were being sent every day by over 90 percent of the world’s online …

Language

The Etymological History of Irregular Verbs

In a capricious episode of their incredibly informative whiteboard series for Mental Floss , linguist Arika Okrent and illustrator Sean O’Neill …

Language

Revitalising endangered languages

Of the approximately 7,000 languages thought to be alive, the eight most spoken are accounted for by 40 per cent of the world’s populationLanguages …

Language
Language

Can virtual reality help save endangered Pacific languages?

The Pacific is the most linguistically rich region in the world, with Papua New Guinea alone being home to a staggering 850 languages.<p>Yet experts …

Linguistics

Beowulf Planning Pack (Anglo-Saxons)

A complete unit of English work for Year 3/Year 4, with full lesson plans and pupil resources based on the Anglo-Saxon story of Beowulf.<p>This popular …

The Readers’ Editor writes: Why is American English becoming part of everyday usage in India?

One reason is the widespread engagement of English speakers in the country with American television content.<p>“Do the math” is a favourite expression …

Disappearing words: documenting India's languages before they die out

The first film V K Neelarao directed was <i>Hedde Jomai</i>, or “Idiot Son-in-Law". It was released in 2013, when he was 69 years old. He produced it …

How the once-ridiculed word “finalize” slipped into mainstream American English

“I found the class really impactful.” “I have no bandwidth for this conversation.” “Can you ping me when you’re leaving the house?”<p>Lovers of the English language cringe when they hear corporate speak seep into everyday conversation. But the jargon-ization of language, it seems, is inevitable.<p>In the …

Linguistics

From candy to diapers: the purity of American English

Autumn or fall, nappies or diapers, sweets or candy: English spoken on either side of the Atlantic has some strange variations. But are these …

Should we stop saying ‘commit’ suicide?

There is a movement in mental health to avoid the phrase ‘commit suicide’. It is claimed that the word ‘commit’ refers to a crime and this increases …

Mental Health
Literature
Linguistics