Shakespeare coined new words when he needed — or merely wanted — them. Can you guess which words were invented by the Bard?
Check them out here.
Once you've watched this, read the comments that follow it posted by other viewers. It's always interesting to see how others are positioned where the reading of a text is concerned.
Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there's much more to texting -- linguistically, culturally -- than it seems, and it's all good news.
If you've seriously played Scrabble, you'll know that the Official Scrabble Dictionary is a must. It is the final word on what can be added to the board or not. Well, for the first time in a decade there are new additions being made to the dictionary. Check out this Time article for more and the link to see what words "make the cut".
Kiwi slang. "Chur bro, it was so crazy! My mate was up the creek without a paddle; all I could do was watch. I was splitting my sides! He's such a dufus!" This makes perfect sense to most of us who have been born and raised on such iconic kiwi language. But spare a thought for those new to our country, or those trying to learn English surrounded by people who throw slang into every sentence. Check out this article that appeared in The New Zealand Herald recently.
Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them lets us leap over cultural walls, embrace different experiences, feel what others feel. Elif Shafak builds on this simple idea to argue that fiction can overcome identity politics.
This is well worth 20 minutes of your time. Akala challenges our perceptions of Shakespeare and Hip Hop. The similarities are crazy!