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Hook the Customer Up to the Machine, Please

Neil Taylor | Posted 23.10.2014 | 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 09.10.2014 | 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 30.09.2014 | 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 29.09.2014 | 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 25.09.2014 | 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 17.09.2014 | 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 11.09.2014 | 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..

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...

A Question of Trust

Dr Aarathi Prasad | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Aarathi Prasad

I am a skeptic. Some years ago, my mother 'blamed' this on my education in science. And it's true, over the years of analysing molecules and ideas I have become extraordinarily critical. I challenge most things I read in the news; doctors' diagnoses and marketing campaigns

Brits 'Bad' at Languages: A Belief Worth Challenging

Lucy Bell | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Bell

We are constantly being told Britons are 'bad' at languages... Brits do not have some kind of freak genetic indisposition that hinders them from learning foreign languages. The drop in uptake of languages is not the result of a lack of ability, but of a complex mix of factors.

Munich University 'Abandons' German Language As Courses To Be Taught In English

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

One of Germany's top universities has been criticised for "abandoning" the country's language as plans were unveiled to teach all of its masters' cour...

Understanding the Importance of Interpreters Through 'Game of Thrones'

Neil Payne | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neil Payne

Perhaps the most enlightening bit of action we see in GoT that truly exemplifies the challenges of being an interpreter is when for Daenerys Targaryen faces the Good Masters of Astapor.

Russia's Ban on Swearing in the Arts - I Say Nyet!

Neil Durkin | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

I haven't seen much media coverage of the new ban on swear words in the arts in Russia and I was initially suspicious that it was some kind of hoax. A cock and bull story ...

Six Tips for Learning Japanese

Yumiko Sato | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Yumiko Sato

After many trials and errors I began to realize some essential knowledge that applied to acquiring English that no one had taught me. And then I realized that the same principle applied to learning Japanese, while teaching Japanese to Americans. Here are 6 tips for learning Japanese:

Putin's Bad Language

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

President Putin's confident geopolitical swagger seems at odds with Russia's recent, petty moves to choke the life out of language...

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 ...

Allez Les Hashtags! 'Hashtag' Enters the French Dictionary

Verity Stockdale | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Tech
Verity Stockdale

The humble hashtag has really taken centre stage as of late. It never ceases to amaze me how something so simple can cause such a stir, but over the last week or two in particular, the hashtag has really been making its mark in ways that only the hashtag knows how.

A Kinder City - Playable City Award

Ben Gwalchmai | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Tech
Ben Gwalchmai

For anyone unaware of the project or those uninterested, they'll be powering the project by day and should they cross the bridge at night then they'll be pleasantly surprised.

What the Doctor Can Teach Us About Terms and Conditions

Neil Taylor | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Neil Taylor

Like all sane people, I try to draw all my life lessons from Doctor Who. In an episode last year, the Eighth Doctor (that'll be Paul McGann) is told ...

22 Cornish Words We Should All Start Using

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK Comedy

Congratulations, people of Cornwall, on your new-found status as a minority. To celebrate, we are brushing up on our Cornish dialect. Here are 22 wond...

The Generation Game

Caragh Little | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

In a visit marked mainly by quietness and enquiring looks, I spent part of the Easter weekend with an older relative who struggles to connect the adult I've become with the child she'd always known. In her mind, I'm still away at university - fixed forever in a time which, in her mind, defines me.

The Death of Multiculturalism?

Iram Sarwar | Posted 20.05.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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?