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Terminology Without Borders – What is new?

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This article is the first in a series of articles about the latest developments in our new collaborative project, Terminology Without Borders. It is...

Banglish: A New Hybrid Language

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Young Bangladeshi people started migrating to the United Kingdom (UK) during the early 19th century because of the socio-economic conditions in Bangladesh, which were...

The Mixed Origins of English Words

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Have you ever wondered why the English lexicon has words that seem to have identical meanings? What about terms such as: • freedom and liberty • lawyer...

VideoFix: One of the most difficult words to translate

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As simple as it seems, it is often impossible to accurately translate the word "you" without knowing much more about the context in which...

VideoFix: Who’s a snollygoster?

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We present you today this TEDx video of Mark Forsyth, author of The Etymologicon, Sunday Times Number One bestseller. "Words are the centre of...

Beware of false friends!

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We all have had to face some "false friends" when it comes to learning a new language,  words that are often confused with a...

Let’s have fun with words: palindromes

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How wonderful it is to be able to play with language! To be able to create words, phrases and texts and have fun with...

What does a “close friend” mean to you?

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If you check some definitions, the term "close friend" can be understood as somebody who you can talk to about everything, who makes you...

‘Noodle’. Ein deutsches Wort? German loanwords in the English language

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English is a West Germanic language that is spoken almost everywhere. It was first spoken in early medieval England and now is a global...

Erin McKean: go ahead, make up new words!

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Erin McKean is a name you may have already seen on our website. She's a brilliant lexicographer whom we had the chance and the...