Tag Archives: English language

‘Go toss your cookies elsewhere’: ten phrases that cause confusion across the Anglosphere

‘No worries’: this Australian slang was popularised in the 1980s by the hugely popular comedy film, Crocodile Dundee. Allstar Picture Library Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo Simon Horobin, University of Oxford An annual list of “banished words” compiled by Lake Superior State University in Michigan has caused a stir by including the distinctively Australian phrase “no worries”. Dislike of this idiom appears …

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Grammar still matters – but teachers are struggling to teach it

Willem Hollmann, Lancaster University Do you know what a suffix is, or how to distinguish adjectives from adverbs? If you have a six or seven-year-old, the chances are they do. Or at least, the UK government now says they should – by the end of year 2, to be specific. In year 3, primary schoolers turn their attention to prefixes …

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The strange tales behind how some English words found their way into the Iraqi dialect of Arabic

The strange tales behind how some English words found their way into the Iraqi dialect of Arabic

shutterstock. gvictoria via Shutterstock Ahmed F Khaleel, University of York The British “Mesopotamian Campaign” of World War I took almost three years to get to Baghdad – and the occupying force faced many challenges once it arrived. In fact, Britain’s overwhelming predominance over Iraq from 1917 to 1947 was a time of rough and violent political and economic “communication”. But …

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