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Separated by a Common LanguageSeparated by a Common Language

Observations on British and American English by an American linguist living...

 
The Brazuca BlogThe Brazuca Blog

A blog about Brazil, the Lusophone world and Portuguese language.

 
Memoirs of a LinguistMemoirs of a Linguist

This blog is about the daily activities of a 28-year-old Ph.D. candidate, w...

 


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A slang survey by online language tutor platform Preply reports 50% of American use slang words without knowing their meaning, such as ghosted, salty, on point, extra, catfish, and thirst, which were ranked as some of the most popular slang words in...

The origin and early dispersal of Transeurasian languages, including, among others, Japanese, Korean, Tungusic, Mongolic and Turkic, is among the most disputed issues of Asian prehistory. Although many of the commonalities between these languages are...

Homophones are words that sound alike but have different meanings, and usually different spellings. Some are easy to distinguish (plane and plain, flower and flour—though I still pause and reflect every time I need to write “cauliflower”) and s...

If you said pronounced the words above as duh-trai-tus, ti-nuh-tuhs, and chaach-kee, well done. You nailed it. If not, you’re not alone. A recent study conducted by Preply found that 44% of people have mispronounced or misused a phrase for more t...

Who among us has not been confidently click-clacking away on their keyboard, stopped mid-sentence, looked around and asked the air, “Wait, is it who or whom?” Correct English grammar can be tricky even for native speakers who were once (involunta...

Much has been written about the distinction between they’re, their, and there, when to use who vs. whom, and the difference between affect and effect. But tautologies? You’d be forgiven for hearing that word and thinking, Well, what the hell are...

Whether you write for a living, functionally as part of your job, or as little as humanly possible because thinking about high school English still sends you into a cold sweat, we can all use a periodic reminder of some writing best practices—and t...