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Happy International Women’s Day! On this day of philogyny – the love of or admiration for women – we’ve been inspired to dip into the Oxford English Dictionary for the words of womankind. What emerges from studying a text that documents 1,000 years of language development is a rich picture of women’s history – even […]more
I imagine that few dog owners haven’t wondered, as they watched their pet sniff with profound absorption at a patch of grass, how a dog might explain the attractions of the olfactory world if he had the gift of speech. Do dogs translate smells into stories with a past and future tense? Could they teach […]more
As it is Dyslexia Awareness Week, we asked three guest contributors to explain, in their own unedited words, how their experiences of dyslexia affect their relationship with language. Underneath these, we also asked a representative of the British Dyslexia Association to discuss what dyslexia is, how it affects people, and how we can make the […]more
Take a cat, a Geiger counter, a radioactive sample that has a fifty-fifty chance of decaying in an hour, some cyanide in a glass phial, and a metal box. Lock the cat into the box together with the other equipment rigged up so that if an atom of the radioactive substance decays it triggers the […]more
We love language and we love jokes, so it stands to reason that we love language jokes. We took to Twitter to try out some of our favourites, and asked the good people of the public to tweet us their own too. Below are our jokes, and a selection of the others that we liked […]more
Sometimes, we say what we don’t really mean. ‘You look really tired’, for example, when we mean to be caring rather than disparaging of appearance. ‘I thought you were older than that!’ when we mean to applaud maturity rather than further disparage appearance. And so it is with the gay thing. The accidental difference between […]more