English Language

Larmy, Mirligo, Betwittered - Resurrecting the Sexy Old Words

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK
Annie Martirosyan

In 2014, Pan Macmillan published You Say Potato - a book on English accents by Ben Crystal and David Crystal. It was complemented by an innovative map...

Words Have the Power to Change Lives, Both Human and Animal - We Should Let Them

Mimi Bekhechi | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK
Mimi Bekhechi

As people have come to recognise the power of words, we've worked hard to eliminate hate speech and the prejudices that usually accompany it, including sexism, racism and bigotry. It's high time that we also recognised the devastating effects of speciesism and worked to counteract it and the words that fuel it.

Bilingualism Is the Norm - And Now Being a Good Lover Is Too

Lucy Bell | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Lucy Bell

So I would say that Riotta's article attracted a large amount of attention not only because he brought the hot topic of relationships and romance into the less media-friendly (but nonetheless extremely important) topic of language-acquisition, but also because - very simply - there are a lot of bilinguals out there. And following on from Riotta's logic, a lot of good lovers.

English Language Key to Egypt's Future

Ciaran Devane | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK
Ciaran Devane

I was there to sign an agreement between the British Council and Al Azhar to continue a partnership we have had since 2007. The agreement supports the teaching and learning of English for the University's star theology students, allowing them to take the voice of moderate Islam to non-Arabic speaking audiences internationally.

'Accidence Will Happen' - A Brilliant New Grammar Book for Anyone Who Loves English

Bill Coles | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Bill Coles

What is so insufferable about the sticklers is that they will brook no argument. They primly purse their mouths. They stop you mid-anecdote and then they trot out this mealy-mouthed line that they have been using for decades and decades: "I think you mean 'fewer' rather than 'less."

New Grammar Test For 11-Year-Olds Unveiled

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Comedy

Following the Education Secretary's announcement that new maths and grammar tests will be introduced for 11-year-olds, HuffPost UK Comedy can exclusiv...

The Problem With the 'G Word'

Anna Tippett | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Tippett

From my experience, many people who use this term have gay friends or even family members and are not in the least part homophobic. Why, then, do they continue to use the word gay in a negative context?

Patients Worried By Foreign GPs Who 'Don't Speak Good English' Says Farage

Press Association | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Politics

Nigel Farage has claimed there is a problem with foreign GPs not speaking good English despite all NHS doctors having to pass a language test. The ...

Seeking Latin-Speaking Lover and A Perfect Day

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Two years ago I began learning Latin when I spied a grammar book on sale for 50p at my local train station (they do a recycling thing where second-hand books are sold for a small fee and the money goes to charity).

Things That Turn Writers Off

Sadie Brown | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK Comedy
Sadie Brown

As my budding writer displayed so beautifully in point two, text talk drives me insane. It is really so taxing to write, 'I am' as opposed to 'ima' (vomit), or another favourite among word thieves, 'yea'. I think they mean 'yeah' but by that point, I've lost interest.

14 Words We'd Like To Make A Comeback, From Piffle To Wally

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Comedy

Things these days might be so good, they're 'sick'. Or people might be so keen to disrepect someone that they'll 'throw shade' at them. Presumably if ...

The Rise of Like

Adam Hamdy | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Adam Hamdy

During a packed day of filming I realised that I've come down with a serious affliction: I'm a 'liker'. Likers are people who use the word 'like' in a variety of ways that have nothing to do with a comparison or expressing a fondness for something. I had that Matrix moment of self-awareness when I heard myself saying the words, "I was like, you can't do that."

'Thou Art As Loathsome As A Toad': If Shakespearean Insults Were Used Today

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Comedy

Anglophenia's Siobhan Thompson has already shown the world how to insult someone like a Brit. Now, she's taking it one stage further - and taking i...

Cute... But Wrong!

Mik Scarlet | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

The piece revolves around the concept that when trying to confront the issue of talking to disabled people the advice is always negative, always a list of "don't"s and rarely "do"s. Mr Hoge then states that most of these are the opinion of the authors and then gives a list that he states are things "you can say to someone with a disability".

10 Incredibly British Insults

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Comedy

"If you ever get into an argument with a British person, you'll wish you'd have watched this video," writes Anglophenia. And we have to agree. From...

If British Conversations Had American Subtitles

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Comedy

In the words of George Bernard Shaw, Britain and America are "two nations divided by a common language". And this gem by Rita Chin - discovered for...

10 Epic Apostrophe Fails To Celebrate International Apostrophe Day

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Comedy

Or should that be: epic apostrophe fail's? Yes, it's International Apostrophe Day and thus time to celebrate one of our most useful, yet sadly misu...

15 British Phrases That Confuse Americans

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Comedy

Siobhan Thompson of Anglophenia is back! Yes, the woman who brought us the brilliant 17 British accents video is now edumacating our American frien...

Words, Terms and Phrases We Need to Lose From Our Vocabulary NOW!

Leigh Clark | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Comedy
Leigh Clark

 "If thought can corrupt language, language can also corrupt thought".  George Orwell, 1984.   The choice of words in which you use to communicate ...

This Twitter Account Has Been Tweeting Every Word In The English Language - And It's About To Come To An End

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Comedy

And it's due to reach the end this weekend. Yes, ever since November 2007, the Twitter account @everyword has been doing what it says on the tin: f...

The Rabid Dog and the Dead Mockingbird

Charley-Kai John | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charley-Kai John

Michael Gove's intention to axe American Classics (To Kill A Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men and The Crucible) from the GCSE English Literature syllabus ...

Twenty-Seven Annoying Sayings and Phrases in One Article

Stephen Hamilton | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Comedy
Stephen Hamilton

If you are like me you'll hate clichés, annoying repetitive sayings and phrases. We can't hide from them as they are everywhere we look and everywhere we turn. The only way to combat them is to fight back, and with vengeance.

Language Is Not Mere Words

Howard Milton | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK
Howard Milton

Last week, facing a blank blog page, I distractedly tuned in to Radio 4. Fortunate in my timing, I caught the book of the week - 'The Unexpected Professor', John Carey's gentle reminiscence of his days as an Oxford undergraduate in the 50s.

How to Help Autistic Kids With English

Melanie Kendry | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Melanie Kendry

As a private tutor, I often work with autistic spectrum children in English. Many of them 'don't get' English. They might struggle to understand what they're supposed to do for homework and can become so frustrated they give up. Though they may not be dyslexic, they might not read...

Wordsmiths and Warriors the Book Every English-Language Tourist Needs

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK
Annie Martirosyan

No less valuable are the helpful directions at the end of each chapter on how to get to the places by the most convenient and time-saving route.