Language

language police

The rise of the left-wing language police

October 16, 2020 2:16 pm

Is the term ‘sexual preference’ offensive? It depends who’s saying it...

hyperbole

Hyperbole radicalism and the politics of exaggeration

August 17, 2020 9:17 am

Why progressives compete to be edgiest, most out-there taboo breakers

f-word

The long march of the F-word

July 13, 2020 2:35 pm

How a curse became anodyne

bilingual brain

Going both ways

May 2, 2020 2:52 pm

The Bilingual Brain: And What It Tells Us About the Language of Science by

ian mcewan

Ian McEwan: the strange vocabulary of coronavirus

April 23, 2020 9:22 am

We all know about ‘flattening the curve’, but are you comfortable yet with ‘fomite’?

american english ‘OK, here it is, “Brexit” … Apparently it means “Brexit”…’

American English must be the most carelessly spoken and written dialect on Earth

December 17, 2019 5:12 am

Part of the problem is sheer mental and physical laziness

words matter language

Words matter: we must be more honest about language

November 4, 2019 1:35 pm

When we say politicians should be pilloried, we don’t mean passers-by should throw rocks at them

provocative

Trump uses provocative terms because he wants to provoke

October 22, 2019 1:11 pm

The Donald always makes his fiercest critics look silly and vain

dog

How to define a dog

October 12, 2019 4:35 pm

The variousness of dogs has ever been a leitmotif of dictionary discussions

sam smith

The problem with calling Sam Smith ‘they’

September 17, 2019 12:01 pm

It’s important that all schoolchildren are educated to the same linguistic standard

mama mother and child

The strange rise of calling kids ‘mama’

March 1, 2019 3:56 pm

No one’s giving away ‘dada’ any time soon – so why are we relinquishing our precious ‘mama’ so carelessly?

therapists freud

When did the left gaslight itself?

February 14, 2019 11:53 am

The idea that personal characteristics always give you the moral high ground is self-evidently nonsense

donald trump language

Trump: leader of America, master of English

November 10, 2018 8:33 am

Finding the words to explain Trump’s language

Is Donald Trump really bonkers?

May 17, 2018 7:02 pm

John Kelly, the White House Chief of Staff, has a way with words. During the invasion of Iraq in 2003…