Awesome Infographic: Commonly Misunderstood Words in English

Hmmm …. some of these have got me thinking!!

5 Nice Words for Every Corporate–Using Simple PASTE Mnemonic Devices

Mnemonic devices-also called mnemonics-is one of the popular types of memorization techniques known to human kind and PASTE in one such mnemonic that helps to remember some nice words. Use of polite words and kind phrases are some of the vital interpersonal skills–especially for job seekers, corporate trainers =>

OMG, the Oxford English Dictionary Added New Words! We ‘Heart’ It! LOL!

Before you take to the comments to ream us out about the above headline: “OMG,” “LOL” and the symbol for “heart” have all been added to the Oxford English Dictionary Online. =>

LSSU’s 36th annual List of Banished Words goes viral

It may have been word of the year in some wheelhouses, but “refudiate” wasn’t looked upon favorably by many who sent in nominations for Lake Superior State University’s 36th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness, which was released on New Year’s Eve.

In a busy U.S. election year, “the American People” told LSSU they were tired of not only “refudiate,” but also “mama grizzlies” who wanted their opponents to “man up.”

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From the kids blog – Inkys, Where the Wild Things are, Text to voice

The Inkys are Australia’s only teenage choice book award

See the 2010 shortlist and longlist, where to vote, and a display competition for schools and libraries

Maurice Sendak reads his book “Where the wild things are” and so does Barak Obama – videos =>

Free Software that converts text to voice – reads text directly from other applications, without copying or pasting Free downloads available =>

Ten Misheard Expressions To Avoid In Your Writing

Anyone can make a typo or a spelling mistake, and fixing those is pretty easy in the spellcheck era. If you want your writing totally error-free, you also need to avoid using expressions which you think you’re using correctly but which you’ve actually misheard. Here are ten examples to watch out for.

Having studied linguistics as my main subject at university many years ago, I do recognise that language usage changes over time, and that time period can be quite short. Prescriptive rules eventually give way if the majority of speakers of a language adopt a different approach (the switch from using “he” to “they” to refer to an unspecified individual is one obvious recent example).

However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t rules that continue to apply in particular contexts, or expressions that are, for all standard purposes, flat-out incorrect. For some reason there are few things that irk me more than writers using a phrase such as “different tact” and being blissfully unaware that they’ve got it quite wrong.

This is a list of some of the most common errors in that field. They’re mistakes which you won’t necessarily notice during conversations, but which should stick out like a sore thumb (not a saw thumb) in written work. Many spell-checking systems won’t pick these errors up, though Word did flag about half of them while I was writing this piece. (Confession: I’ve gathered quite a few of these examples from my Lifehacker US colleagues.)

Some of these mistakes attract their own false etymologies. People construct a pseudo-logical explanation for the version they’re using, and over time these can become quite widely believed. Leaving aside the fact that language is not always based in obvious logic anyway (see “beyond the pale” below), the existence of an apparently plausible explanation doesn’t make those expressions correct. It just makes it a little less likely that you’ll realise you’re wrong.

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Thought for the day

“The sum of human wisdom is not contained in any one language, and no single language is capable of expressing all forms and degrees of human comprehension.” -Ezra Pound, poet (1885-1972)

Do the languages we speak shape the way we think?

Do they merely express thoughts, or do the structures in languages (without our knowledge or consent) shape the very thoughts we wish to express?

New cognitive research suggests that language profoundly influences the way people see the world

The internet is changing the way we talk

The Internet is hacking into our language. More and more, we hear onlinese words and phrases in day-to-day conversation — epic fail, full of win, newbs.

We are friending and de-friending each other. We are concerned about sexting. We speak of spamming and linking and blog blog blog. Meanwhile, we are tweeting away like a tiding of magpies.

Words and trivia about language

A wide-ranging collection of odd words and trivia about language. Try the history of “dord” on page one, and then try to stop browsing through the rest. Thanks Sneedle Flipsock