Linguistics

A Computer Can Now Power Self-Driving Cars Without Any Human Controls

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK Tech

Computing company NVIDIA has unveiled a brand-new supercomputer that it claims will give self-driving cars the ability to run without any human contro...

Target Of Two Hours To Remove Extremist Content Slammed As 'Unreasonable' By Experts

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Tech

A proposal from Theresa May for internet companies to remove online extremist content within two hours of it being posted has been criticised as “un...

JK Rowling Gives Daily Mail Journalist Lesson On Kids With Different First Language

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK

World famous author (and former English teacher) JK Rowling has delivered her own lesson to a Daily Mail columnist, who claimed schools are under a ...

An AI Has Finished The Plot Of 'Game Of Thrones' Because We Can't Wait

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Tech

Software engineer Zack Thoutt is as frustrated with ‘Game of Thrones’ as we are. With season six now over it’s very likely that we will have to ...

This Quiz Will Show You Why Welsh Might Just Be One Of The Best Languages In The World

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK

The Welsh language has been placed in the spotlight in recent days - so we’ve decided to celebrate some of the most glorious words that Wales has gi...

We've Got Some Bad News, Robots Are Likely To Be Better Than Us At Everything By 2060

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Tech

Just like the opening scenes of a terrible sci-fi film, it seems we are approaching the end days, as experts claim robots are on the verge of taking o...

Trump's Latest Typo Might Just Be The Best Thing On Twitter This Year

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK

He’s already well-known for his...er...mastery of Twitter but now Donald Trump has taken his social media usage to the next level. The US president,...

How This Free University Course For Syrian Refugees Is Integrating Them Into Britain

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK

When i* found out he had been accepted onto a scholarship scheme in the UK for Syrian refugees, he threw a party. “I was so excited,” he says. “...

You'll No Longer Be Able To Use Terms Like ‘Mankind’ And ‘Waitress’ At This University

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A Welsh university has been accused of censorship after banning the use of terms such as “right-hand man”, “waitress” and “forefathers” on...

The Language Martyrs: Celebrating International Mother Language Day

Thaslima Begum | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Thaslima Begum

February 21st 1952, Dhaka. The fallen bodies of students and teachers lie scattered amid a campus-turned-battlefield, as tear gas lingers in bloody ha...

Robots Could Replace 250,000 Public-Sector Jobs By 2030

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Tech

A quarter of a million public sector jobs could be replaced by computers over the next 13 years, according to a new report from a right-wing think tan...

Amazon Alexa Nails The Pronunciation Of Europe's Longest Place Name

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Tech

If you’ve ever doubted the artificial intelligence hype, check out this video of Amazon Alexa pronouncing Europe’s longest place name. It reels of...

This Is What Happens When You Get Two AIs To Talk To Each Other

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Tech

Now this is a work of genius. Someone called ‘seebotschat’ has made the excellent decision to put aside a not inconsiderable amount of their time ...

Larmy, Mirligo, Betwittered - Resurrecting the Sexy Old Words

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 23.07.2016 | 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...

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...

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..

People and Things With Too Many Names

Neil Taylor | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK
Neil Taylor

If you're young or workshy enough to follow us on Twitter (you'll find us @TheWriter, kids), you might have seen us debating what you call the thing that comes and takes the rubbish (or trash) away. Yes, it's The Great Bin Lorry/Rubbish Wagon/Refuse Vehicle Debate...

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.

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...

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?

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.

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.

Leave My Pants Alone: An Expat Fights the Creep of British Slang

Corinne Purtill | Posted 02.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Corinne Purtill

Language evolves. I get that. But it was jarring to arrive in London from New York and hear the degree to which so many American expatriates allow the slang of our host country to colonize their speech.

Should Women Use Humour in the Boardroom?

Lynne Parker | Posted 21.07.2012 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

We women have to employ a stealth approach to using humour in the boardroom, on public platforms and to build our relationships with friends and families. When we group together in tribes, professional networks, social or family groups, we are funny - gobsmackingly, hilariously funny, funny, funny.

You're Only Going to Understand What I Mean By Peng if You're My Kind of Person...

Professor Julie Coleman | Posted 15.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Julie Coleman

Newspapers have been reporting that Sheffield Springs Academy has decided to ban slang in an attempt to improve their students' employability. By all means teach them how to speak appropriately, but isn't that like telling children not to put peas up their nose?