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mind-your-language-2013s-words-of-the-year-9027153 mind-your-language-2013s-words-of-the-year-9027153 Created by members of the New Orleans bounce music scene during the 1990s, twerking (see definitions, below) was inflicted on a mass audience by Ms Cyrus this summer at the MTV Awards, where she controversially buffed her behind on the crotch of alleged sexist Robin Thicke. It was not, however, the word of the year. For Collins, the overall winner was “geek”, a familiar classic freshly redefined. Where once the word denoted a loser, dork, dweeb or nerd, it now, Collins claims, means simply “a person who is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about a specific subject”. For instance: a food geek, a fashion geek, a football geek, a Game of Thrones geek.
31 December 2013Last updated at 20:11 ET By Vanessa Barford BBC News Magazine Every year some words get so overused there's a call to banish them the next. Take "selfie", or "twerk". The profusion of "projects" and starting sentences with "so". So, here are the Magazine's 20 most overused words of 2013. Some of these terms have markedly peaked in 2013 - others are post-millennial perennials that still seem to be growing. 20 of 2013's most overused words 20 of 2013's most overused words
We had more than 600 responses via Facebook and Twitter - here's a selection of them: Let us know any we've missed either in the comments or via Twitter and Facebook. Words Mancunian sayings: our guide to common words and phrases Mancunian sayings: our guide to common words and phrases
Leigh Clark: The Degeneration of Facebook in 10 Statuses In the olden days, Facebook was a fun place to find out what old friends were were up to. A place to catch up with people you'd lost touch with and somewhere you would share a picture of your cute new kitten or your adorable puppy. Unfortunately, things changed, you were given access to things that your friends liked and your friends friends decided to add you because you kept popping up in their suggestions box and before you knew it, you were up to your eyeballs in people you barely knew or people that would add you but totally ignore you if you passed them in the street. These are the dark days of Facebook. Leigh Clark: The Degeneration of Facebook in 10 Statuses
17 December 2013 Last updated at 17:09 GMT By Ben Dirs BBC Sport Aaah, how much simpler life would be if all our love affairs ended "by mutual consent". BBC Sport - Managerial departures: 'Sacked' seems to be the hardest word BBC Sport - Managerial departures: 'Sacked' seems to be the hardest word
The Word "The": Why the definite article in the English language is so difficult to define. A version of this post originally appeared in the Week. It's the most frequent word in the English language, accounting for around four percent of all the words we write or speak. It's everywhere, all the time, so clearly it must be doing something important. Words have meaning. That's fundamental, isn't it? So what does "the," a word that seems to be supporting a significant portion of the entire weight of our language, mean? The Word "The": Why the definite article in the English language is so difficult to define.
Matthew 7:15 "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. Matthew 7:15 "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. New International Version"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. New Living Translation"Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. English Standard Version“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
25 October 2013Last updated at 20:19 ET Slang such as ain't, innit and coz has been banned from a school in south London. Author Charles Nevin celebrates modern slang and revisits phrases that have fallen out of fashion. The joy of slang The joy of slang
28 August 2013Last updated at 04:25 ET Cyrus's dance routine included the move Twerking, the raunchy dance move performed by Miley Cyrus at the MTV VMAs is among the new words added to the Oxford Dictionary of English. Oxford Dictionaries Online said the word, borrowed from hip hop culture, had become increasingly visible in the past 12 months. Other words such as omnishambles and selfie also made their debut in the dictionary's quarterly online update. Omnishambles was named word of the year by the Oxford Dictionary in 2012. 'Twerking' and 'selfie' added to Oxford dictionary 'Twerking' and 'selfie' added to Oxford dictionary
exicographer and slang expert Jonathon Green has been producing a series of timelines based on his comprehensive historical dictionary of slang, Green's Dictionary of Slang. He recently added timelines for vagina and penis. (If you don't see any words on the timelines, zoom out using the bar on the right.) 35 classy slang terms for naughty bits from the past 600 years 35 classy slang terms for naughty bits from the past 600 years
Liverpool FC staff get insults guide to curb fans' abuse 31 July 2013Last updated at 08:20 ET Liverpool FC said the guide would help ensure Anfield is free of discrimination Liverpool Football Club staff have been issued with a guide to unacceptable language so they can help eradicate verbal abuse from fans. The handbook highlights "offensive" phrases including "don't be a woman", "play like a girl" and "that's gay". The club said they wanted to stamp out slurs against race, religion, sexual orientation, gender and disability. Player Luis Suarez was found to have racially abused Manchester United's Patrice Evra during a game last year.
The “Atlas of True Names“… …reveals the etymological roots, or original meanings, of the familiar terms on today’s maps…For instance, where you would normally expect to see the Sahara indicated, the Atlas gives you “The Tawny One”, derived from Arab. es-sahra “the fawn coloured, desert”…. Update: There is now a more in-depth version specifically for the United States. (via Weasel King) World map with place names swapped out for their original meanings
Jagged little words: the language of Alanis Morissette If you had aspirations of being a disaffected youth in the mid-1990s, chances are you had a copy of Alanis Morissette’s album Jagged Little Pill . That’s not quite fair; you might, after all, have been the sort who dealt with angst by listening to Black Sabbath, or even bashing out Beethoven’s Fifth in moments of rage – and angry teenagers alone wouldn’t account for the 33 million copies Jagged Little Pill has sold worldwide. Many people with that 1995 record in their CD racks might be surprised to learn that, not including compilations and live albums, Alanis Morissette has now released eight albums, the latest being 2012’s Havoc and Bright Lights . So, to celebrate her birthday on 1 June let’s find out how often she is cited in the Oxford English Dictionary ’s illustrative quotations. Jagged little words: the language of Alanis Morissette
'If you are gay you are just bad' - Features Comment:5 average rating | Comments (17)Last Updated:20 February, 2011Section:Features While British society as a whole may have become less prejudiced in its attitude to gay people, schools remain a stronghold of homophobia. Pupils are the perpetrators, but are teachers to blame for turning a blind eye? The closest Stacie has come to a gay man is seeing Syed and Christian, the gay characters in EastEnders, on TV. “In our terms we’d call them a batty man” she says. The Jamaican slang word literally means “bum man”.
Political correctness (PC) is a term used to describe language, ideas, policies, or behaviour seen as seeking to minimize offence to gender, racial, cultural, disabled, aged or other identity groups. Conversely, the term “politically incorrect” is used to refer to language or ideas that may cause offence or that are unconstrained by orthodoxy. The Need for PC? The Political Correctness movement is an intellectual effort to use language to allow and encourage social progress. Political Correctness « i love english language
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Terms of the 90s, Slang of the Nineties
80s Slang – It’s, like, toooo bitchin’
in the 70s - Slang Terms of the Seventies
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