Language

You'll Never Guess Where these Common Food Idioms Came From

Be cool as a cucumber, and impress all of your friends with your new knowledge. It'll be a piece of cake!<p>January 21, 2018<p>Have you ever wondered where …

The world's most popular safe words will shock the sh*t out of you

When it comes to getting ~down to business~, while you may be preoccupied with setting the mood and keeping things as passionate as possible, it's …

Harry Potter

Miss Manners: Looking for a singular, gender-neutral pronoun

<i>Dear Miss Manners: What pronouns would Miss Manners advise using when referring to people who do not identify as either male or female?</i><p><i>I work with many young people in a community where a good number identify themselves as “gender fluid.’’ Using “it’’ to refer to their friends in this category is</i> …

Lifestyle

Do you talk in your sleep? Chances are you're being really 'nasty', finds study

Dr Isabelle Arnulf's research revealed that more often, maximum amount of sleep-talking is filled with negative, vulgar words and profanity. Talk …

Viral

The 10 Habits of Logical People

Becoming a logical person is not just a matter of memorizing and applying formulas, or learning how to tell the difference between a valid and an …

Economics

magnoperate, v. : Oxford English Dictionary

<b>1.</b> <i>trans.</i> To make greater. <i>rare.</i><p>1610 A. Hopton <i>Baculum Geodæticum</i> Ep. Ded. sig. A2 Which will not a little magnoperate the splendor of your well knowne …

Oxford Dictionary

‘Lagom’, The Balanced Swedish Way Of Life That Has No Direct English Translation

<b>Some of you might</b> have heard of the term ‘hygge’—pronounced “hoo-gah”—before. This Danish concept of living cozily grew in popularity in 2016, with …

Hands off Afrikaans, say defiant pupils at FH Odendaal

The pupils from several dual-medium schools and Afrikaans-only schools in Gauteng say they regard the language as theirs, in spite of their various …

News (South Africa)

Hosking: The trouble with te reo is it lacks relevance

I think it became a slightly bigger deal than it might have because Bill English (a) weighed in and (b) called it someone else's language. …

New Zealand News

Do You Want To Use This Survey With Your Intermediate & Advanced ELLs?

I’ll be leading a training for my colleagues next month on teaching English Language Learners, and it will including having a student panel.<p>To help …

Language Learning

The joys and benefits of bilingualism

More than half the world’s population is now bilingual. Now thought to encourage flexibility of mind and empathy, bilingualism is also transforming societies<p>Everyone knows that it’s moving and melancholic to watch your children change over the years. But to hear them alter their language, over the …

Opinion (UK)

May I have a word... about nouns posing as verbs?

A regular look at the pleasures – and pains – of the English language<p>This country has long, and rightly, welcomed immigrants. And not just people. Our language has been enriched in diverse ways by incomers. We would be a poorer place without a leavening of French, Spanish and Italian interlopers. …

Opinion (UK)

BMW. Are we saying it right?

Porsche. We’ve all heard someone else mispronounce it. Maybe some of you mispronounce it yourselves. I, undoubtedly, have done so at least once in my …

Volkswagen

Why you should totally drop that F bomb

It turns out your parents, teachers, principals and priest were all wrong. Swearing isn’t bad. In fact, it might even be helpful, and science is here …

Salaam alaikum! Is it finally time for Israelis to learn Arabic?

In the 20 years linguist Anwar Ben-Badis has been teaching Arabic, he’s heard nearly every reason why Jewish Israelis choose to learn his native …

Israel

The quasi-compositionality of English compounds

Today's Frazz:<p><i>Snowpants</i> exemplifies a common case, where both elements of the compound retain their basic meaning, but the combination has an …

Linguistics

Translating the Lord’s Prayer

Sensationalized headlines about the pope’s wanting to “update” or “reword” the Lord’s Prayer have provoked a predictable reaction. He was speaking …

Faith

discumbent, n. and adj. : Oxford English Dictionary

<b>A.</b> n.<p>Thesaurus »<p><b>1.</b> A dinner guest; <i>spec.</i> one who reclines while dining.<p>1562 W. Bullein <i>Bk. Use Sicke Men</i> f. lxxiiiv, in <i>Bulwarke of Defence</i> He cast …

Oxford Dictionary

Sorry, skeets in backhoes: Merb'ys is the N.L. Word of the Year

St. John’s Morning Show, MUN linguistics prof pose a question about the talk of the town<p>While classic words like skeet, state and streel all have a …

Other Afrikaans schools' say ‘welkom’ to English-speaking pupils​

While Hoërskool Overvaal in Vereeniging refuses to admit 55 black English-speaking pupils, many other Afrikaans schools have become multilingual. …

Education

picture word inductive model | Search Results

September 23, 2016<br>by Larry Ferlazzo <br>0 comments<p>As regular readers know, the Picture Word Inductive Model is one of my favorite instructional …

Teaching

Scaling up supply of Mother Tongue pre-school teachers

SINGAPORE: Nyana Priya is effectively bilingual and is studying to become a Tamil language pre-school teacher. But the 24-year-old wasn’t always so …

Tamil Nadu

9 More Top-Shelf Drinking Words : Hair of the dog (that bit you)

<i>(Note: this is a sequel. A second round. Click here to read our first drinking list)</i>.<p><b>Definition</b> - partially inebriated<p>Sometimes you don’t want to say</i> …

Etymology

Trending: Gov't Shutdown To 'Furlough' Federal Employees

<i>Furlough</i> was among our top lookups on January 19th, 2018, following the word's sudden applicability to a number of state-employed workers, as the …

Etymology

How to learn Spanish: Master the language in eight days on a total immersion course

A box of matches. Flares. A liferaft. I am trying to work out what I would need to survive on the moon from a list of 15 items, all written in …

Language Learning

How to Pronounce It Right

From Natchitoches to Versailles, learn to pronounce these Southern towns like the locals<p>You say PEE-can. I say puh-KHAN. Pronunciation can communicate a lot—what part of the South you’re from, who your people are, your age, even whether you’re a college football fan. This is especially true when it …

Chesapeake Bay

Science: Alcohol Can Help Improve Your Foreign Language Skills (Which Can Make You Smarter and Much More)

Learning a foreign language can make you smarter, build multitasking and decision-making skills, ward off Alzheimer's, improve memory, and much more.<p>While I am not an expert in any language besides English (and some might question if I'm actually an expert in that), I've always been a big believer …

Language Learning

What does the word "Chicago" actually mean?

The Windy City of Chicago is known for deep dish pizza, a pretty rockin’ improv scene, and now — forever and always — the name of Kim Kardashian and …

Chicago

I Have A Question About Long-Term English Language Learners – Can You Help Me Answer It?

As regular readers know, I’m developing a curriculum for a pilot class next year providing support to Long-Term English Language Learners (see Here’s …

Teaching

Closing the door on English in Iran

The ban on teaching English in Iranian primary schools made me think of my old OED — and King Kong<p>Last week, after two weeks of protests in Iran, the country’s High Education Council announced that teaching English is now banned from Iranian primary schools. The announcement has me thinking about …

Oxford Dictionary