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July 18, 2014
Comments Off on The skinhead of spelling, the slag of speech
We have the full version of the famous 'pronunciation poem' that sends chills up the spine of native speakers and dismay to the non-natives.
August 20, 2013
We don't like to ride on the coattails of our betters, but every now and then something seriously good comes along that we just had to spread it around.
May 21, 2011
George Orwell (1903-50) was a literary titan of the 20th century famous for his passion for clarity in language and keen sense of social injustice. His works continue to influence popular and political culture even to this day. Orwell’s essay “Politics and the English Language” (1946) sets out his basic premise that it is morally […]
October 27, 2010
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This is a cross-post from our sister blog, The Naked Listener’s Weblog. * * * ‘Training kids to be disingenuous’ Marci Segal brings to our attention the negative effects of the intellectual hide-and-seek antics that schoolteachers and academics play on schoolchildren. Read the full post at the weblink: http://marcisegal.wordpress.com/2010/10/25/intellectual-hide-and-seek-taught-in-schools/ Marci Segal is Canada’s first accredited Creativity […]
October 26, 2010
Someone rather famous once said that we have to be pointed out the simple stuff that is easily seen, recognised or understood just to get by, let alone more complex things like The Truth: “… we have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.” […]
September 18, 2010
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You can't learn properly if you don't make mistakes and, by extension, you can't teach properly if you don't normalise errors when people gets it wrong.