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The geography of language – valley

When I embarked on this series of posts, the first two were fairly straight-forward. Using the desert as an analogy for Arabic was a no-brainer. And I don’t know whether my esteemed readers ever think about Poland, but I have … Continue reading

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Do you like Kipling?

If you are a fan of Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers, you probably recognise that the correct answer to this question is, “I don’t know, I’ve never kippled.” If you are a fan of Imperial British writing, you may remember … Continue reading

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The Hills are alive

One of the under-valued pleasures of the English language is the huge number of people who speak it badly. Take a walk through the centre of most English-speaking cities and you will hear a range of variants from “newsreader English” … Continue reading

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