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Wordwatching: Field Notes from an Amateur Philologist by Julian Burnside, book review: 'The wonderful world of language, in so many words'

The Australian author of this lively collection of essays about language is an amiable guide to his subject. "Amiable" is, however, a stiff adjective to use when describing Julian Burnside, QC, who praises HW Fowler, author of A Dictionary of Modern English Usage (1926), and Samuel Johnson for allowing their personalities to colour their writings about words. He mocks philologists for their dryness, dismisses "cherished superstitions" that remain popular with conservative querulists and describes an attempt to ban the use of "mate" from the Australian parliament in appropriately matey style.

The Whitaker's Quiz of the Year: Round 2 - Events of the year

1. Who was sentenced to a year in prison in March for arranging the wiretapping of a political rival  and publishing the recorded conversation?

Bin there: New Delhi produces 10,000 tons of rubbish a day

Mark Jones: 'Incredible India' is getting incredibly trashed

Something to Declare

'Being an incorrigible rogue' under the Vagrancy Act 1824 is one of 309 offences to be repealed

Sleep soundly, incorrigible rogues: you're no longer committing a criminal offence

309 offences to be repealed and removed from the statue book this year

Google-perplexed: Why won't Android's next predictive dictionary help me sex-text?

Sometimes, it seems, autocorrect just isn’t on board with the fun stuff

YotaPhone review: the dual-screen smartphone is coming to the UK

It's got and LCD screen on the front and an E Ink display (above) on the back - but does it make any sense when you're using it?

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: The final word on HS2 (plus about 20 million others, too)

It makes Gibbon’s six-volume Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire look like a postcard. The weight of the printed version is likely to be equivalent to that of a Toyota Aygo car.

'Selfie' beats 'twerk' to be named word of 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries

'Selfie' beat 'twerk' and 'binge-watch' to be chosen as the word of the year

Tim Key: ‘At times I was playing Scrabble with such beauty, it became more like ballet’

A friend challenged me to a game of Scrabble. They should have known better

Quiz: Are you down with the kids?

Do you find yourself listening in to 'young people' conversations unable to understand a word of what they're saying?

Germany in ****storm over rise of English words in dictionary

The country’s language association took the respected Duden Sprachewörterbuch’s editors to task for using the word ‘soccer’

Dogs take 'selfies' at Battersea Cats And Dogs Home in bid to attract new owners

Dogs at Battersea Cats and Dogs Home have been taking ‘selfies’ in a bid to attract new owners with their pouty profiles.

Blurred Lines? Miley Cyrus twerks during her performance with Robin Thicke at the VMAs.

Still hard at twerk? Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber's new collaboration 'Twerk' leaks online

Just three days after her raunchy bum wiggling caused outrage at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus has teamed up with Justin Bieber to sing about twerking.

Book review: Hobson-Jobson: The Definitive Glossary of British India Henry Yule & AC Burnell, edited by Kate Teltscher

A mutual trade in vocabulary took place during the British Raj, this book illustrates

Godfrey Bloom, shown here about to be excluded from the European parliament for shouting

Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom insists that "Bongo Bongo Land" simply means land of the antelope

Unrepentant MEP refuses to back down or apologise over comments that caused storm of protest, insisting there was no racist intent behind phrase

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