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
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.
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
28 August 2013 Last 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
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
Liverpool FC staff get insults guide to curb fans' abuse 31 July 2013 Last 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.
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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, 2011 Section: 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
Ella Henderson - is feminism a dirty word for popstars? Big mistake. Suddenly a gruff man’s voice out of nowhere growled: “She’s not answering that.” Said aggressive man when asked who the hell he was simply replied: “Her PR”. I then pushed for Rude Bloke’s name and was told “Russell.” I then asked why she couldn’t answer this question, and he replied “She’s just not. It’s not to do with Safer Internet Day.”
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