Those who cherish the English language in its purest form will have been aghast to hear of the inclusion of text speak abbreviations such as “LOL” into the Oxford Dictionary. ‘LOL’ is claimed as an informal abbreviation for ‘laughing out loud’ or ‘laugh out loud’. This shortening of a phrase is commonplace in texts and […]

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We’ve all heard talk about some languages being in danger of extinction, and here at BLS we’ve even blogged about it. However, have we all missed something huge? Is English actually the most endangered language of all? As English becomes the lingua franca of the world, it has become a tool of communication between people […]

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Celebrities are famous for being highly skilled at what they do – whether it’s acting, singing or modelling. Some, though, have hidden talents that not many people know about. We are of course talking about knowledge of other languages. Perhaps this is part of what helped them stand out from the crowd when they were […]

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We all know that when someone misuses a word, the result can be very humorous, unless of course it is we who have made the blunder, in which case it can be extremely embarrassing. When an incorrect word is used like this, a malapropism is born. Also known as a Dogberryism or a Bushism in the States, […]

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Thinking back to our school days, most of us can probably recall being taught some Shakespeare. Whether it was Romeo and Juliet, Othello or A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it is an integral part of British education that at the time can be a bit tedious and rather hard to understand. A common sentiment shared by […]

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