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Why Are the Words “Eleven” and “Twelve” So Different From Thirteen, Fourteen, and So On? - This language question continues to plague Redditors.

<b>Consider it the Spinal Tap Question for linguistics and numbers enthusiasts</b>: Why does English go up to “eleven?”Reddit user UnderwaterSwimming …

David Crystal: the story of English spelling

The story of English spelling is the story of thousands of people – some well-known, most totally unknown – who left a permanent linguistic fingerprint on our orthography. It's a story whose events cover the best part of 1,500 years. And, of course, it's not over yet.<p>The story starts with the …

Google creates a tool to probe 'genome' of English words for cultural trends

How many words in the English language never make it into dictionaries? How has the nature of fame changed in the past 200 years? How do scientists and actors compare in their impact on popular culture?<p>These are just some of the questions that researchers and members of the public can now answer …

Are 'grammar Nazis' ruining the English language?

Split infinitives make them shudder and they’d never end a sentence with a preposition. But linguist Geoffrey Pullum has a message for all grammar pedants: you're wrong<p>Imagine a world in which biology was taught using no textbooks written later than 1795; a world in which the advances of the …

Linguistics

Does English still borrow words from other languages?

<b>English language has "borrowed" words for centuries. But is it now lending more than it's taking, asks Philip Durkin, deputy chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary.</b><p>English speakers may not be famous for being au fait with foreign languages, but all of us use words taken from other languages …

Language

This Map Shows How Americans Speak 24 Different English Dialects

Despite the fact that most of America speaks one language, there are distinctive sayings that are nearly incomprehensible to people from different parts of the country. In the South, there are phrases like "he's as drunk as Cooter Brown." In the Midwest, you have the multipurpose "You betcha!"<p>A …

Linguistics