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Oxford Dictionaries word of the Year 2015… is an emoji!

Oxford Dictionaries announced the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji as their Word of the Year 2015.  You can find out why, see the shortlisted words which didn’t quite make the cut, and watch their “Emojis in real life” video on the Oxford

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Words of the Year

Book lovers, scrabble enthusiasts, crossword addicts and linguaphiles everywhere often love a new word.  One dictionary has a new top ten list here: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/word-lovers-blog/new/top-10-collins-words-of-the-year,259,HCB.html and although some of the words aren’t new, they’ve either been given a new meaning or

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Memrise

Here’s an interesting way to learn the vocabulary for a variety of languages. The site uses flashcards supported by video clips, mnemonics and samples of how each word is used. Anyone can add to the site by creating flashcards, adding

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Inky Fool

This is rather a fun blog if you’re interested in words and (English) language. http://blog.inkyfool.com/ There’s a particularly good entry on why prepositions at the end of a sentence aren’t a problem: http://blog.inkyfool.com/2010/05/prepositions-end-of-sentences-at.html# but there’s lots more to delight here

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obsolete words that should make a comeback

Improve your vocabulary and deliciate in these 20 words we’ve corraded and kenched at: http://matadornetwork.com/abroad/20-obsolete-english-words-that-should-make-a-comeback/ Those who wish to brabble about this malagrugrous post can just freck off!

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Google Labs Ngram Viewer

With this fascinating tool you enter words or phrases and the Ngram Viewer produces a graph to show how those words or phrases have appeared in a corpus of books over a period of time. http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/ You can read more

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Rechtschreibreform

TOTD is discombobulated. It maybe over a decade too late – certainly it can’t pass as ‘news’ any more, but apparently the Germans have thrown out their language.  Well, at least some of their spellings.  Makes the Library throwing out an old

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Wordle

At first glance this just appears to be a gimmick, but the more you play with it, the more you find uses for it! www.wordle.net TOTD first saw it used by the keynote speaker of a two-day conference.  He’d taken

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Mappassion

TOTD went to an exhibition in our Eldon building today.  Well worth checking out if you’re local. If not, check out just one of things decorating the wall – a map which looked like an normal Ordnance Survey map but

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Words with no vowels

TOTD has been exploring words which have no vowels and here are few findings: English can supply some: http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Park/1840/novows.html but it depends on your definition of a word as this tired explorer found: http://www.grammarmudge.cityslide.com/articles/article/1029289/8966.htm And an ever useful list of words

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