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New Book Examines Relationship Between British and American English

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Lynn Murphy is one of our favourite linguists as she so often speaks of the differences between British and American English. Murphy is an American in the UK and the Linguists Professor at Sussex University. She runs a blog ‘Separated by a Common Language’ and has thousands of Twitter followers, and now she’s released her first book on language. Read More

Vigilante Artist Targets Messy Graffiti Writing

By | Arty, Language | No Comments
An artist in Europe is currently critiquing tags left by graffiti ‘artists’ by painting over them and replacing them with easier to read fonts. Mathieu Tremblin was born in Le Mans in 1980, and currently lives in Strasbourg, France, and travels Europe finding ways to subvert street art and advertisement.

From his website:

“Tremblin implements graphic processes of intervention inspired by anonymous, autonomous and spontaneous practices and expressions in urban space in order to question the systems of legislation, representation and symbolization of the city. He works with site specific urban intervention, performed walk, tools design, détournement of objects and uses publication, installation, photography and video to document or reinvest of his experimentations.”

If you have ever wondered what those scribbles on the walls actually mean then Mathieu is here to help. Check out some images below.

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11 Jokes Only The Most Intelligent Readers Will Understand

By | Inspired by Literature, Language | 2 Comments
Take a break from expanding your mind with great literature with these silly jokes.

As a Reading Addict you probably know by now that reading makes you smarter, kinder, and fills your pockets with candies and weaves flowers in your hair.

Ok so those last two may be untrue, but it’s worth trying, right?

Is there a better way to feel smart and brilliant than laughing at a clever pun or quip? This is your chance to prove your intelligence with some ridiculous jokes found on the internet.

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Dord – How a Lexicographic Error Joined the Dictionary

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On February 28th, 1939 a dictionary editor for the Merriam-Webster dictionary noticed that under the word ‘Dord’ defined as ‘a synonym for density’, there was no etymology, leaving him wondering why. This discovery sent him on an investigation and before long an order was sent to the printers to make an urgent change to the dictionary. Read More

Ten Mistakes Guaranteed to Make a Reader Cringe

By | Language, On Writing | One Comment
Not every reader is a grammar nerd, or even the best at spelling and punctuation, but we certainly have an advantage over those who do not consume books for pleasure.

We can tell by the comments made on social media by our very own Reading Addicts, that good grammar is very important to them. If a meme or book quote is slightly off-kilter then all Hell can break loose!

We came across these awful mistakes on our weary web travels and knew instantly who would appreciate them (or not!)

See how many of these horrendous mistakes you can get through without scratching your eyes out.

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The OED Yearly Update is in: Mansplain it to Me

By | Language, News | No Comments
Language is fluid, and ever changing and that’s why the team at Oxford add and change dictionary entries every single year. Each year they examine the language used in the media, essays and literature, deciding which words are in and which words are out.

The 2018 Oxford English Dictionary update is in, and this year there are 1,100 new entries, phrases and senses. Here are the ones we think you might be most surprised at. Read More