Author Archives: adrianstenton
The New York Times has asked students to respond to a short piece on “Does grammar still matter in the age of Twitter?”, and received 172 responses! The piece can be found here. Advertisements
“Ain’t is a chav word, innit?” chavs
I fear that the Oldie (September 2019, a British monthly magazine whose title speaks of its readership – which of course includes me!) is a bit late for the party on this one …
I was reading the UK Autocar this week-end, and came across this: “My ghast is well and truly flabbered.” This stopped me in my tracks on two counts: (i) I could never say it, let alone write it; and (ii) … Continue reading
Good to know that the etiquette guide is still going strong, and still focusing on women’s social skills: “There is a course on ‘personal and professional impact’ for women, which emphasises body language, presentation and effective communication.” You can read … Continue reading
Is this what language planning looks like in the modern world?
It’s not every day you discover a new word, or at least a new meaning for an old word. But when the Guardian asked its readers to contribute their favourite dialect words, it discovered not one, but two. “Webs” and … Continue reading