Monthly Archives: May 2014

A Field Guide to Procrastinators

Thanks, Twenty Pixels, for clearing this up. Advertisements

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Dear bookworms and Americanists, this one is for you

Read your way through the United States: (source: http://mentalfloss.com/article/56377/most-famous-book-set-each-state)

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Pronunciation Challenge

Good Luck. Never give up! Maybe do take another phonetics and phonology class, or spend some quality time with your dictionary. The poem was written by a Dutch teacher (Gerard Nolst Trenit√©) in the 1920s and it is called “The … Continue reading

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Bad Grammar Awards

Most tastiest? Less lorries? The Idler Academy has announced the shortlist for its 2014 Bad Grammar Award, set up to highlight “the incorrect use of English by people and institutions who should know better”. (Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/apr/28/bad-grammar-award-shortlist-english-language-nhs-tesco?CMP=fb_gu) The top offenders? … Continue reading

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Would you mind terribly if…

…we talked about politeness? British politeness is a much exploited stereotype, epitomized perhaps by Hugh Grant’s performances in various romantic comedies in the 1990s, notably Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill.¬†Remember his famous declaration of love to Andie … Continue reading

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