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Alabama gubernatorial candidate Tim James recently created controversy with his political advertisement titled Language. The advertisement focuses on one of James’ campaign promises to eliminate driver’s license exams in all languages except English. In the ad, James says, “This is Alabama. We speak English. If you want to live here, […]

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Most people would agree that some languages have just the bon mot for a particular sentiment. The English language has adopted many of these perfect expressions and incorporated them into everyday speech and writing. Check out this list of words and a bit of the story behind how they made […]

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The familiar marks that punctuate text – the periods, commas, semicolons, and so forth – have not always added their pauses and emphases throughout the history of the written word. Many of the texts that we now read with ease gained these marks centuries after being written with no punctuation […]

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How many words are there in English? Well, according to The Economist magazine’s recent predictions issue, The World in 2009, a Texas language organization claims that English will reach one million words in April of 2009. How can they be so sure? For one thing, they can’t be! Lexicographers don’t […]

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