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Difficult English?


Two interesting pieces. I have to admit that I’ve misused two out of the ten examples from Grammar.net’s misunderstood English:

http://www.cafeterra.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/misswords.jpeg

http://www.economist.com/blogs/johnson/2011/06/antonyms?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/keeptotheleftnotheother

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England’s regional accents


Interesting article in the Economist about regional accents in England, not what you might have expected:

http://www.economist.com/node/18775029?story_id=18775029&fsrc=scn/tw/te/rss/pe

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Euphemistically speaking


Road tested the attached page from ‘The Economist’ on the Austrian half of the family and a few Austrian friends. Consensus was:

  • Amusing
  • Recognisable English trait
  • “You say that a lot” to about a third of the suggestions

Based on this use of language I think we can for once say I conform to a stereotype.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/johnson/2011/05/euphemistically_speaking?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/thismayinterestyou

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