Category Archives: Language and Linguistics

The Power Of Words: JFK’s Inaugural Address

I recently came across a link to a BBC News website article on President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address and the rhetorical devices it uses. It’s a very well-known and regarded speech – it’s the “Ask not what your country … Continue reading

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Kind Of Awesome: Hilarious Royal Navy Slang

Rick Jolly OBE, a former Surgeon Captain in the Royal Navy, is releasing a book of the various Royal Navy slang he’s heard over the years. The BBC website’s Today programme page did a piece on it and some of … Continue reading

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The Creeping Spread Of Americanisms

I’m in Portugal at the moment but I wrote this a few days ago and set it to post while I’m away. Clever, right? Thanks, WordPress! The BBC recently posted an article about the increasing use of Americanisms here in … Continue reading

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The Influence of the King James Bible on English

The BBC News website’s Magazine pages are a treasure trove of interesting stories. Take this article on how the King James Bible has influenced the way we speak English. I’ve become quite interested in this sort of linguistics over the … Continue reading

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