Language

If You Want To Succeed in Life, Learn to Play Scrabble

Jason Aiginitis | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jason Aiginitis

This is genuinely inspirational stuff - if you want to succeed at life, the story of Scrabble teaches us the importance of lateral thinking, of letting ideas breathe and evolve, and of drawing from the expertise of others.

Learn Australian Slang From This Hilarious And Completely Uneducational Video

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Comedy

A hilarious video of two guys teaching people 'how to speak Australian' has gone viral. If you think that Aussie is just an accent, you're mistake...

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.

The Language Barrier

Sarah Kwong | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Kwong

For many people the hardest part of learning a language isn't getting to grips with the grammar or the spellings, the conjugations or the colloquialisms. It's the embarrassment. More specifically, getting over it.

Reality Check: the R Word Is the Wrong Word

Josie Scantlebury | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Josie Scantlebury

From working at Mencap I have lots of friends and colleagues who have a learning disability. Nearly all have had to listen to offensive language from others at some point in their life. It's ignorant to use such terms. It's just slang, you might say, it's just a joke, it's not actually. It's just the same as using racist or homophobic words.

Falling in Love with a Foreign Language: The Risks of a Metaphor

Lucy Bell | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Lucy Bell

Unless you are brought up in a bilingual environment, a relationship with a second language is something you work to achieve and strive to maintain. It is not something you can buy.

Take These Words Out of the Dictionary - Revisited

Rosie Choueka | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Choueka

Last November when I was going through treatment for my primary breast cancer I blogged about the top ten words or phrases that, as a breast cancer patient, I feared or loathed the most and wanted removed from the dictionary. In the last few weeks and months since my secondary diagnosis, I've revisited these.

Stop Telling Students Their Languages Degrees Are Useless

Josie Miller | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Josie Miller

"But why not do a degree in French and Business?" was the favourite from people my parents' age, who have decided that everyone in the world can now communicate through gestures and Google Translate. "Business is useful. Business will help you get a job."

It's Time to Rethink Warring Words on Cancer

Sarah Mehta | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Mehta

Cancer looms large in the imagination. The dreaded C-word is universally feared. Warfare terminology may help to evoke support and to give us an important sense of control in the face of an enemy.

18 Brilliant Irish Phrases We Should All Start Using

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Comedy

As Dara O'Brien once noted... And with St Patrick's Day upon us, we can think of no better time to learn a few such words and phrases. From 'fe...

It's Difficult Being a M-U-M in a M-O-M Town

Harmeet Kaur Sidhu | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Harmeet Kaur Sidhu

Should this absence of a letter irritate me? No, and perhaps "irritate" is too strong a word, but the pedant in me can't help myself. My twin boys, at the tender age of three, didn't really need to know the complexities of this global language.

Language Matters! Maternity Experience and NHS Change Day

Leigh Kendall | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

Being in any healthcare environment for any reason can feel disempowering for a patient. Effective communication between healthcare professionals and patients can help build trusting relationships, improve patient outcomes and patients' experiences.

10 Neglected Words You Need To Start Using

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Look ho, you rapscallion! Begone with your flapdoodle "selfies" and "hashtags" and lay-to proper English. Not a clue what we're on about? Don't bla...

'Charlie Hebdo': Lessons to Learn From the Tragedy

Clara Eroukhmanoff | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Clara Eroukhmanoff

The attacks should not reduce France to a condition of fear. France and the rest of the "free world" should not consider this horrific crime as an act of war. This would be giving in to exactly what these hooded men and extremist groups want.

Word Games

Caragh Little | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Caragh Little

We place ourselves on the blank canvas of others' judgment and opinions: longing to be liked, afraid of being hated, desperate for our words to find common ground with someone, even for a moment.

10 Apps Every Traveller Needs

Chloe Gunning | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Gunning

Travelling isn't about pull-out maps and carrying around a dozen guide books anymore. It's much simpler. Just pack your smartphone and you'll have everything you need at your fingertips. Here are the apps I'm glad I packed for my travels.

Hook the Customer Up to the Machine, Please

Neil Taylor | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK
Neil Taylor

They say you should never meet your heroes. Well, a couple of weeks ago I did. In fact, I got to interview mine: Professor Steven Pinker, Harvard's b...

When I Grow Up...

Caragh Little | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

When I grow up, none of my lessons will be boring. None of my jokes will be bad, apart from the ones which are intentionally terrible for ironic effect. All of my lessons will be planned to the last second and will never be derailed by tangents or contingencies or people falling asleep.

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."

Parlez-vous Anglais?‏

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

Unlimited immigration from the EU is not a good thing. Immigration is, according to the polling, the second most important issue in British politics today - behind only the economy. In his Conference speech Labour's Ed Miliband, the man hoping to be our next Prime Minister, 'forgot' to mention both the economy and immigration. Understandable perhaps, given Labour's record on both issues when they were in government.

Erection Neglect: Too Hard To Say No?

A.M.F. Winn | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
A.M.F. Winn

Many women I've spoken to say they've given hand jobs or blow jobs "to be polite". They did not feel that a man owed them the favour back if he had inadvertently made them wet. All of the men I questioned thought the idea of it being rude for a woman to neglect an erection was ridiculous..

‘Bampot', ‘Shut Yer Geggie' And More: A Guide To Scottish Insults

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Comedy

Thank you, YouTube vlogger Erin Doogan - aka BeautyCreep - for your brilliant, and timely, guide to insulting Scottish words and phrases. Somethin...

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".

Festival Language Study Unveiled: Do You Know Your "Grampers" From Your "Vamping"?

Paul Drury | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Drury

After last weekend's Bestival, the UK's festival's season starts to draw to a close. It's been an amazing summer of tunes, good times and memories we'll never forget. But what have we learned? Well, young people have a special way of speaking at festivals for one thing. In fact, the festival circuit has developed a language all of its own..