- Brian Barder on Slated, capped and palaver: what do they mean to you?
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- story on The lost speech and other words of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Derek Catermole on Wacky English pronunciations
Author Archives: Louise
It’s National Proofreading Day (March 8). Here are ten reasons why everyone should proofread everything: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Words and language in the news this week (and for the last couple of weeks; Glosso is catching up after a short vacation …): a Hollywood “Insta-bee”; the power of words in online dating; an age-old linguistic battle examined; what’s … Continue reading
Seen on the C train, NYC. March 5, 2014.
“Style guide editors are insecure people who show their need to be loved by wanting everyone to speak, spell and write just like them. Or so I read somewhere.” So said David Marsh, who edits The Guardian‘s style guide, with his … Continue reading
It’s National Grammar Day! In honor of this auspicious occasion, Glossophilia checks out some of the ways grammar is being celebrated online and around the world. CNN talked with one of its copyeditors, Katherine Dillinger, about what it’s like to … Continue reading
Throughout the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, poet Kwame Dawes is writing verses that capture the spirit of the day’s action. The Wall Street Journal is publishing his poems: here are those he has composed so far. Bob Costas’s Pink Eye and Sochi’s … Continue reading
They Flee From Me They flee from me that sometime did me seek With naked foot, stalking in my chamber. I have seen them gentle, tame, and meek, That now are wild and do not remember That sometime they … Continue reading
I think we all know at least one person who speaks as though they’re addressing a courtroom or their own nation – even when they’re in the line for the bathroom or firing off a hasty text. Three tell-tale signs … Continue reading
If a yoghurt is “slated for Sochi”, does that mean it failed to tickle the tastebuds of Russian athletes, or that it’s on board the supply vessel heading for the Olympic village? Hmmm. It probably depends on whether it was … Continue reading