Posts tagged ‘language’

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

May 27, 2014

The End is Nigh for Nobbly ?

by duncanr

aw5334tn2200pxSome sad news for Nobbly – madhatters erstwhile proponent and staunch defender of English as it is writ by true-blooded Brits, as opposed to the bastardised spelling favoured by Americans – (and a certain traitorous Scot who lived in Canada for some years 😆 )

A kindred spirit who has fought a long fight to preserve UK spelling thinks the battle has been lost and is considering conceding defeat

April 4, 2014

Regional Accents of Britain and Ireland

by duncanr

April 3, 2014

English Rules O.K.

by duncanr

English has become an International language – spoken as a mother tongue by people in different parts of the world, as a second language by others, and as a common language to aid communication between two or more people who do not speak each other’s language

It has reached this position despite it’s fiendishly cunning rules of pronunciation designed to thwart damn foreigners picking it up

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November 14, 2013

History of English in 10 Minutes (or thereabouts)

by duncanr

We posted this vid on madhatters back in Nov 2011

Here it is again – for all the new readers on madhatters who missed it the first-time around

April 22, 2013

Speaking with Forked Tongue

by duncanr

English is a tricky language for foreigners to get a grip on.

Just when they think they’ve mastered it, we change the meaning of words, e.g., ‘wicked’ = bad/evil to ‘wicked’ = good/brilliant to keep foreigners off-balance

Or we Brits cunningly use words that, on the surface, mean one thing to strangers or visitors to these shores but something very different to us 😆

Click pic to enlarge . . .


via Misscellania

October 8, 2012

Grammar Nazi Torture

by duncanr

importance of correct grammarThe prime function of language is to enable information to be communicated from one person to another. If the form of that communication is the written word then spelling and grammar play an important part in ensuring that the reader of the communication understands the message the author of the communication intended to convey.

That said, however, the human brain – even when registering that a word has been spelt incorrectly or that the grammatical structure of the sentence is wrong – will nevertheless ignore these errors and seamlessly interpret the communication exactly as the author intended.

To one – [no need to mention names] – who cares deeply about language, though, being confronted on a daily basis by mis-spelt words and ungrammatical sentences is a sore trial . . .

October 8, 2012

Another One Bites the Dust

by duncanr

I’ve lived in England so long my Scottish accent is much less pronounced now than it once was. When I first came here, folk had difficulty understanding me – when I ordered drinks in a bar, I’d almost always have to repeat myself several times and still the man or woman behind the bar would look to my companion to interpret what I’d said

That barrier to communication was simply due to my accent. The words I was speaking were English. [I had long since learned to drop any Scottish words from my vocabulary – knowing full well sassenachs would not understand them]

When my dad was poorly and came to live with us, he bravely ventured out on his own one day to do some . . .

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September 10, 2012

The very model of an amateur grammarian

by duncanr

I am the very model of an amateur grammarian
I have a little knowledge and I am authoritarian
But I make no apology for being doctrinarian
We must not plummet to the verbal depths of the barbarian

I’d sooner break my heart in two than sunder an infinitive
And I’d disown my closest family within a minute if
They dared to place a preposition at a sentence terminus
Or sully the Queen’s English with neologisms verminous

I know that ‘soon’ and not ‘right now’ is the true sense of ‘presently’
I’m happy to correct you and I do it oh so pleasantly
I’m not a grammar Nazi; I’m just a linguistic Aryan
I am the very model of an amateur grammarian

I’m sure people appreciate my . . .

July 8, 2011

Stephen Fry on Language

by duncanr

For you, Nobbly – Enjoy !!! 😆