Slang: the changing face of cool Slang has always fascinated me. My father, who grew up in the council estates of Slough during the second world war, knew slang words for most situations, good and bad, which I would hear regularly around the house as a child. Somewhere in my early 20s, I stumbled across a cheap secondhand reprint of a book by an 18th-century Londoner named Francis Grose, which recorded the everyday speech of the people he encountered in the low drinking dens, bagnios and rookeries around Covent Garden and St Giles. First published in 1785, A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue remains for me the single most important slang collection of them all. Having spent the past four years writing a history of English slang, it gradually became clear to me that the digital age is altering slang: both the way it evolves and is spread, and attitudes towards it. Of course, slang has always had its detractors.
Calls For Submissions ELJ PUBLICATIONS. A writer’s manuscript is ultimately their heart. It should be treated with respect, and the author should have some control over the process. It’s their book. It’s their words. Every page should be treated with respect, held high, preserved for each and everyone that picks it up. Common Grammar and Spelling Mistakes As midterms approach, many students are preparing for their first essays of the semester. By college, you should be able to write an effective essay, but we often make the same grammatical and spelling mistakes over and over again. I have no doubt you can use two/too/to and there/they're/their correctly by now, but here are some more advanced common grammatical and spelling errors that make you look silly, both in your writing and speaking. Master them, and you are that much closer to an A+! Note: All of these definitions are my re-wordings of dictionaries and grammars.
What's Crackin' - the Right Rhymes (formerly used by the Crips as a means of greeting and identifying a fellow member) Usage over Time: Year,Total Examples 1995-09-26,1 1996-10-22,2 1998-03-17,4 1999-10-12,13 2000-03-21,14 2001-03-20,18 2002-04-23,23 2003-06-03,26 2004-02-10,28 2005-04-15,30 2006-02-28,35 2007-05-08,43 2008-05-28,48 2009-02-10,53 2010-01-01,57 2011-12-05,59 2012-03-01,60 2014-08-11,63 2015-12-21,63 1998-03-17 Master P “You Know I’m A Hoe“ feat. Susie Dent's Modern Tribes: Brits have perfected a secret version of the English language to use with their co-workers — Quartz British English has many distinctive hallmarks: a plethora of “u”s borrowed from old French, a use of “s”s where “z”s are used in American English (realise, instead of realize), colo(u)rful idioms, and a rich history of slang. For lexicographer, writer, and broadcaster Susie Dent, British English is also “littered with tribal footprints,” as she explains her new book, Dent’s Modern Tribes: The Secret Languages of Britain. In the book, Dent gathered and chronicled the unique words and phrases used among specific professions and interest groups in the UK, terms she acquired through hundreds of interviews and, in her words, “eavesdropping.” “Every sport, every profession, every group united by a single passion draws on a lexicon that is uniquely theirs, and theirs for a reason,” she writes.
And the Wind Cried Lit Mag! Greetings Lit Magshrooms, Famous actors aren't the only ones who get scammed by Ponzi schemes. This week we were shocked and saddened to learn of IMAGE Magazine's terrible misfortune. Perception and Language Storytelling is a buzzword with lots of different interpretations. Either the internet is killing stories, or it’s the best thing to happen to them since the printing press. Article Continues Below IELTS: a global test for a global language Blog Posted by British Council23 Apr 2015 Today is English Language Day – a celebration of English as a global language, organised by the United Nations (UN) to coincide with William Shakespeare’s birthday. To mark the occasion, Chris Cavey of the British Council discusses IELTS – the test that 2.2 million English learners took last year, to help them live, work or study overseas.
A call to arms: let's get rid of all the jargon! In this high-tech, gee-whiz world, more and more people seem to speak in jargon or, as I like to call it, gibberish. Whether it’s exclusive terms understandable by only a certain few, buzz-words intended to impress in meetings, or euphemisms to make something seem better than it is, the use of jargon really does little more than confuse the listener. Jargon tends to go through three stages: Jargon starts out as a simple technical sublanguage: users devise abbreviations and acronyms that help speed up processes.