Lotsa lolz new words enter Scrabble lexicon
Collins has announced 6,500 new official Scrabble words, many of which draw on slang and new technology. Should we welcome changes in the English language — even if we don’t like them?
Hen: Sweden’s new gender-neutral pronoun
Sweden’s gender-neutral pronoun, which aims to combat discrimination, is now recognised in the Swedish dictionary. But as well as recognising social progress, can language influence it, too?
‘Selfie’ beats ‘twerk’ to become word of the year
Linguists at Oxford Dictionaries have chosen ‘selfie’ as their word of the year for 2013, citing a 17,000% increase in its popularity. Why are we so obsessed with taking photos of ourselves?
Extra! London school cracks down on slang
Basically everyone’s bare vexed coz a London school like banned students from using slang, innit. Is the previous sentence an abomination – or just a snapshot of evolving English?
Hope and anger as Apple rolls out new software
Apple has released a new version of the company’s ground-breaking mobile phone operating system, iOS. It is modern, fresh and easy to use. So why do some iPhone users hate it?
Modern tech saves ancient tongues from extinction
Like thousands of others around the world, Ktunaxa – an ancient Native American language – is dying out. Now, the 20 remaining native speakers are using technology to keep the tradition alive.
Britons literally furious about misused words
When Nick Clegg misused ‘literally’ on Saturday, UK grammar enthusiasts were furious. The word has been used wrongly for years – but can the evolution of language ever be reversed?