Posts tagged ‘language’

September 11, 2019

New Words

by duncanr

‘When languages evolve, it’s essential that scholars and dictionaries and vocabularies keep up. Here are some 20+ new words that we all should start using’


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July 31, 2019

Talkin’ aboot wir language

by duncanr

when we buried my partner a few weeks ago, I addressed the mourners gathered at her graveside

at the pub afterwards, several folk commented on how scottish I had sounded

this didn’t surprise me – since I moved to England 35 years ago, I have dropped uniquely scottish words from my vocabulary and adopted english instead of scottish pronunciation of common words so folk can understand what I’m saying, but when I’m angry, stressed, or emotional I unconsciously slip back into using scottish words and pronunciation, so I found this ted talk on the scottish language interesting – his early school experience exactly mirrored my own

March 12, 2019

Shit I Learned at School . . .

by duncanr

. .. that turned out to be bollocks


February 14, 2018

Tartle, Jayus, etc . . .

by duncanr

find them here

August 16, 2017

Aussie Speak

by duncanr


May 2, 2017

Then and Now

by duncanr

2017 BC

2017 AD


November 5, 2016

Pie Commits Hate Crime?

by duncanr

thanks to allesklar for this gem from Jonathan Pie

and big shout out for youtube commentator – ASMRWhisperLight for this comment . . .

You should marry her then she could be called Sue Fish-Pie

May 19, 2015

/ˈpɑr·məˌzɑn (ˈtʃiz), -ˌʒɑn/

by duncanr

parmesanas someone who was born, and lived most of my life, in the UK but who lived in Canada for a number of years, I am comfortable switching between american and UK english depending on who I am addressing

this involves switching between alternative words for the same thing or a different pronunciation of the same word

I have to confess, though, that I didn’t realise americans and brits pronounced ‘parmesan’ differently from one another

clink link to Cambridge Online Dictionary entry for ‘Parmesan’ – – then click on button to hear US pronunciation of the word

July 16, 2014

Word Crimes

by duncanr

I think nobbly might like this one . . .

May 29, 2014

UK vs US English

by duncanr


We spell words differently, e.g., colour vs color
We pronounce words differently, e.g., tomahtoe vs tomaytoe
and we attach different meanings to the same words, e.g., well just click this link to see what I mean – scottishmomus