Linguistics expert and fellow reader, Dr Lynne Murphy, regularly blogs about her observations of the ever-adapting English language through her online alter-ego Lynneguistic (I know, haha!)
She recently caught our attention on BBC Radio 4’s Word of Mouth with Michael Rosen with their discussion on how US and UK words are being shared, loved, and hated on either side of the pond.
Many people in the UK use the word ‘awesome’, for example, and possibly the same amount cannot stand the hyperbolic use of the word. In the USA the phrase ‘baby bump’ is causing many grimaces as well as many giggles, while UK swear/curse words such as ‘wanker’ are breaking through thanks to social media, film and television.
Inspired by Lynne’s work, and the fascinating program on BBC Radio 4, we have compiled a list of the most recent words to cross in either direction between the UK and the US.
US To UK
UK To US
For an in-depth analysis of these words and phrases, head over to Lynnegusitic’s blog where she explains further what, why and how these words are used, and shared between us.
Lynne’s work is also available on Amazon for those who geek over language:
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.
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.
So here are 28 jokes that will really make your day.
Sorry but you will have to get your own tea.
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.
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