Language

The Death of Multiculturalism?

Iram Sarwar | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK
Iram Sarwar

Multiculturalism is dead in the UK. Or, that seems to be the message delivered by some of the highest figures in British politics...

Stop Misusing the Term 'Empowerment'

Helen Reeves | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Reeves

With the common mantra that "sex sells" and the idea that we have now reached a cultural peak of sexual openness and opportunity, a so-called 'post-feminist' outlook might argue that women today are now more sexually empowered to make a broader range of sexual choices. But whilst it's laudable that women are allowed to be sexual and openly enjoy sex; surely empowerment would be doing that on our own terms?

If You Are Going to Threaten People to Pay Their Bill...

Simon Stevens | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK
Simon Stevens

Language is very important and as we can see, getting it right can in some cases be a matter of life or death. And while I understand big companies need to chase people who do not pay their bills, they need to be accurate in the way they communicate with customers.

A Tryst With the West

Shweta Kothari | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Shweta Kothari

It's been a few months in Britain now and I have had my own share of experiences. The freedom, equality, civility and tranquility has enthralled me beyond words. Never before have I seen a culture so vibrant. I have come to revere the spirit of the Englishmen and developed a deep fascination for the English heritage.

Understanding India's Deep Linguistic Divisions

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

You'd think from popular portrayals of India's rise as a global outsourcing power on the basis of its citizens' English-speaking abilities, that the language would be a common denominator in uniting a country of over 1.2 billion people.

How to Write a Sentence

James Thomas | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Comedy
James Thomas

Where shall/should you/one start/begin? At the start/beginning, of course! You ought always, and in everything you do, to begin a sentence at the beginning. It is simply no good to start in the middle and work your way out. I guarantee that you will become confused.

Contrary to What a Student Debate on Linguistics Might Tell You, Misusing the Word 'Gay' Is Harmful and Regressive

Conor Penn | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Conor Penn

Stonewall is investing time, energy and money into normalising homosexuality amongst young people, particularly in schools. One of the key tenets of their initiative is to 'set the meaning straight' with regards to the word 'gay.' We can debate the evolution of language over a pint at the union to our heart's content...

Can You Really 'Ban' Slang?

Pandora Sykes | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Pandora Sykes

I really enjoy rolling slang around my mouth like happy little word-pigs in swill. It is so. damn. fun. The challenge now, is to ensure that children realise the fundamental different between slang and The Queen's English

The School Which Banned Slang Makes Awkward Spelling Mistakes In 'Grammer' Test

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

An academy chain which banned students from using slang at school has landed itself in a rather awkward predicament after sending out homework which i...

What Did You Just Call Me?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

So what is it that makes "cripple", "freak, or "spaz" so offensive to some people? Another participant in our twitchat stated it was to do with how they were understood and used by the wider society.

Foreign Language Learning in Babies and Toddlers Boosts Academic Results.

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jasmine Dotiwala

On all my travels I note that children globally can speak up to four languages as their norm. Why are the UK's youth the worst at wanting to and being able to speak not only good English, but any other language?

Jiàoyù , Jiàoyù, Jiàoyù

John Worne | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
John Worne

We have a booming export industry which is taking China by storm and returning billions to the UK economy. Fashion? Cars? Films? TV? All growing nicely, yes, but not the winner.. .In fact it's Education, Education, Education, as Chinese-speaking readers will have already deciphered in the title.

The Day 'Agh' Was Supplanted

Lana Citron | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lana Citron

In the beginning was the word and word was Agh. As with everything in the Bear's life, it happened almost imperceptibly. Mornings would begin with Bear Song, a definitive 'Agh', the opening of big brown eyes and a milk tooth smile.

QUIZ: Do You Know Your Tekkers from Your Beaches? (QUIZ)

Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK

Think your child's mumblings, screams and garbles are total nonsense? You're not alone. New research has revealed two-thirds of parents are lef...

UK Education: Make Language a Core Skill

Donavan Whyte | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Donavan Whyte

How many languages can you speak? The likely answer is one, English. The reason is that you probably studied languages briefly in secondary school, perhaps have a GCSE or O Level, but then rarely or never used what was learned again - and so the skill vanished.

Lost in Translation: Saving Europe's Endangered Languages

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

My a'th kar! Unless you speak Cornish, these words are unlikely to make your heart skip a beat. There is no shortage of minority languages in the UK...

11 Untranslatable Words From Other Languages

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Comedy

That's 'other than English', of course. A tip of the hat to the people at the new Maptia Blog - who are "on a mission to build the most inspiration...

Rethinking Language with Russell Brand

Katie Found | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Found

Last week, I had the pleasure of seeing Russell Brand perform at Soho Theatre. It was an intimate affair; a test run before he shoves his jokes into a duffel bag and sets off on tour.

Bringing Back the Meaning of Language

Rachael Krishna | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Rachael Krishna

I want to talk about queer and gay. Say these two words to yourself and you immediately think of those of a homosexual persuasion, and that is what these two words have come to mean to people living today.

The Rise of the 'Micro-Yes' and Other Marketing Babble

Jon Wilks | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jon Wilks

Why is American marketing speak considered to be so much more grown up than ours, and why are we so intent on attributing half-baked phrases to a language that seems embarrassed about laying claims to them in the first place?

The Importance of English Grammar

Alana MacPherson | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alana MacPherson

The newly introduced testing of school pupils throughout England in a bid to determine their understanding of grammar, spelling and punctuation has sparked widespread debate about grammar in general. How much do we know about our language? How can we learn it? And does it even matter?

Suicide Isn't a Crime Therefore You Cannot 'Commit' It

Rachel Egan | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Egan

Based on medieval attitudes towards suicide which persisted until recently, using the word 'commit' does nothing to recognise the pain that an individual was going through before they took their own lives. Instead, suicide remains a taboo issue and the connotation of illegality and shamefulness adds to the stigma and grief felt by the deceased's family and friends.

What the F**k Is Wrong With Swearing?

Adam Croft | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Croft

I'll level with you: I'm on the fence somewhat. I'm very much of a mind that gratuitous swearing is best avoided. That's why it's gratuitous. Whilst I'm being honest, I may as well throw in that I spend a lot of time in pubs. Gratuitous swearing is rife in many pubs, which I'm sure will not be particularly shocking news to you.

Speaking English Does Matter, But Almost All Immigrants to the UK Do

Jonathan Portes | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Portes

The bottom line is that only 134,000 people - 0.3% of the total population - don't speak English at all. Even in Newham, where well over half the population was born abroad, and the Sun seems to think that people "simply don't want to integrate", fewer than 1 in 10 of the population can't speak English well.

Understanding Language with David Crystal

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Annie Martirosyan

David Crystal has been unprecedented. Arguably the greatest linguistic shepherd, Crystal has a penchant for presenting language issues in a reader and listener friendly manner that will never leave you dry as you close one of his books or walk out of the hall where he has been lecturing.