• Here's a fun test. The BBC has a "Spot the fake smile" test. 20 pictures of people smiling. How many can you spot? My score: 18/20 http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/mind/surveys/smiles / Franke: EFL teacher & medical editor. For email, replace numbers with English alphabet.
  • Still musing about this pronoun question, I ran some searches with some surprising results. As those who've been watching will know, it is rare to find a "mistake" outnumbering the "standard" usage on the Web contrary to what some grinches assume. ...
  • I've just come across the above-named volume by Lynne Truss: ISBN 1 86197 6127 It's a lot of fun, and definitely the kind of book for the people who lurk in usage newsgroups. It's endorsed at the front with the claim that striking Bolshevik printers ...
  • I am working on a "simple" computer program to convert numbers to long form english. My goal here is to produce "proper english" output. At present I am unable to locate anything with a definitive explanation of how best to represent this. I've ...
  • Fight to save English spelling A campaign is being launched to protect English words from being replaced by American spellings. Colchester MP Bob Russell wants to prevent youngsters from being shown words such as "utilize", "color" and "traveling". He want ...
  • Metrosexuals a no-no for linguists The Associated Press The TImes of India Thursday, January 1, 2004 Detroit - Calling all metrosexuals: Get rid of that bling-bling or at least find another word for it. In its annual compilation of language irritants, ...
  • Good evening, I want to beg for your indulgence: on one hand, English is not my mother tongue, so that I am likely to make no end of mistakes; on the other hand, I have the gall to post to a uk. newsgroup while I'm not even British; and on the ...
  • Forwarded message posted for discussion: Hindi, English and the future of India By M. V. Kamath FREE PRESS JOURNAL Thursday, January 22, 2004 Inaugurating a seminar on Mahatma Gandhi and the role of Hindi in the National Movement in Delhi last month Prime ...
  • Among the seemingly excessive number of paragraph breaks, there's this sentence, "We'd just been to Stanley to look at the other one, were tucking into our bacon butties and then we got the call to come here!" So, just what are bacon butties? At, http://tinyurl.com/2c2u5 or http://icnewcastle.icnetwork.co.uk/sundaysun/news/tm object ...
  • Here in the UK we speak "the queen's English". So what the heck do they speak in America? Would it be "the president's English"? I remember a while ago, one of the US presidents visiting a school. He bent down, before the cameras, and told a ...
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