Profanity in entertainment: frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn

December 3, 2013 at 9:41 am

When Rhett Butler finally told Scarlett O’Hara how he felt about her at the end of Gone with the Wind, it caused a sensation in the USA. The word “damn” had been prohibited by the 1930 Motion Picture Association’s … Read more

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Change in the English language: some interesting Google N-Grams

November 18, 2013 at 9:12 am

One of Google’s lesser-known but more influential programmes is Google Books. Started quietly in 2002, the operation aims to digitise all of the world’s books. Many authors, illustrators and libraries have mixed feelings about what this means for copyrighted material, … Read more

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The politics of language in the USA

October 2, 2013 at 7:52 am

Photo: Kristopha Hohn

Here’s a question for you: what’s the official language of the USA?

If you said English, you are wrong.

There is no official national language in the US, despite various attempts to give English that status over … Read more

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Being “Englished”

January 22, 2013 at 2:13 pm


 photo: captain. orange

to English (v): (1) reply in English when an English speaker is trying to speak your language to you.
(2) Hoof a football hundreds of metres into the stands during an important penalty shootout.

If you are … Read more

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The most spoken language in Spain

January 16, 2013 at 5:10 pm

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How English sounds to non-English speakers

December 16, 2012 at 12:56 pm

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