Many dictionaries announce a Word of the Year at the end of each year. In this post, a number of words and phrases newly popular in 2017 – antifa, blockchain, double down, gig economy, Trumpian, and womxn – are considered to see if they are contenders for the title
Some words and phrases today mainly associated with social media have been around for a long time
Insights into the macabre world of lexicography
"Eish" is a common interjection in South Africa. In this post, I consider it as an element of South African English, conduct a speculative enquiry into its etymology, and analyse the word’s relation to ‘you’ in informal written public discourse
More on the history of the English language, this time from The Open University in the form of an 11 minute animated video on YouTube.
The strangeness of the English language is a matter of historical contingency, migration, conquest, and adaptation. More has happened to it in its history than to most other languages on Earth.
Do you get through the day without having to swear? Or do you swear like a trooper? An author contends that the norm lies somewhere in between. (Caution: article contains profanity)
Twitter is a favourite forum of US President Donald Trump. He is known for using the 140 characters per tweet to talk up the things he likes ("great"), but more so to rant about things he doesn’t ("bad")
Every day, English speakers follow laws of language we didn't know are there. Now the author of a book on the subject tells us how it works.
The words ‘kop’ and ‘gat’ are used in a variety of ways in South African English. Occurring mostly in compound forms – such as chiskop, malkop, loskop, and tikkop; and gatvol, hardegat, kaalgat, and windgat – they have shown great durability and flexibility in constructing new meanings.