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Just don’t do it

July 7, 2015

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Originally posted on language: a feminist guide:
This week everyone’s been talking about an article in the Economist explaining how men’s use of language undermines their authority. According to the author, a senior manager at Microsoft, men have a bad habit of punctuating everything they say with sentence adverbs like ‘actually’, ‘obviously’, ‘seriously’ and ‘frankly’.…

How not to describe your job

January 16, 2011

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You don't earn brownie points when you use the wrong kind of words in your job description: curate vs. curator.

Our bloody English heritage

September 17, 2010

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The bloody, war-wracked history of England gives us a little insight into why our English language the way it is: visceral, direct, forceful and eschewing many of the linguistic niceties seen in other languages.

Pronunciation is as much good English as good grammar

September 9, 2010

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Good pronunciation makes for a good first impression. When people understand you, many good things can come to you.

Scribbling re TV language

September 2, 2010

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Found a note I wrote from my paperwork: 17 March 2010 @ 01.20 As I sit in my office dealing with sensible stuff, I have the telly on just a few feet away. The Pearl Report is doing a hall-of-fame kind of report on a local Hong Kong politician. The English in Hong Kong is […]

Picking tenses

September 2, 2010

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English tenses are not for picking on a whim. You just can't pick and use any ole' tense to use just because you're too much of a dumbferk to realise you're doin' it wrong.

How to learn a language

August 28, 2010

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Two posts from those who know what they are talking about when learning a language. And don’t forget to read the comments in the posts. Learning a language for busy people – http://blog.yago.sg/2010/08/23/learning-a-language-for-busy-people/ Language learning: how to use your new skill – http://blog.yago.sg/2010/08/27/language-learning-applicatio/

Musing

August 3, 2010

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Latest musing from our sister blog at The Naked Listener’s Weblog: http://thenakedlistener.wordpress.com/2010/08/03/ever-noticed/