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Texting style – it’s nothing new

Texting brought in a new style of communication including highly abbreviated language and emoticons. Indeed, the Oxford Dictionary’s word for 2015 was an emoticon.* The older generation is often dismissive of this, calling it ‘not proper English’ and worse. Older people who are less used to modern technology can be perplexed when receiving what looks… Continue Reading

US English? UK? Or Flatpack English?

You know how it is. You’ve bought a cheap bookcase that ‘just’ needs a screwdriver and ten minutes of your time to put it together. You open the box, lay out some odd-shaped pieces and find the instructions. Instructions? More like destructions. You’ve found a thin sheet of paper containing directions on how to build… Continue Reading