The Good Grammar leader warned that now apostrophes are gone, commas could be next
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Tuesday 05 July 2011
Friday 17 June 2011
The title is odd, the cover is grey and the author is a besuited Eurocrat. But beneath these unflamboyant exteriors lie a colourful story. It has taken 10 years, the dedication of a small UK publisher and a perfect-pitch translation to deliver Diego Marani's first novel in English. When it came out in Italian, reviewers called it a masterpiece and it won several prizes. Since then Marani has written five more novels and become a Euro-celebrity for inventing a mock language called "Europanto" – a tossed salad of every European language without rules or grammar.
Sunday 08 May 2011
Tuesday 19 April 2011
Swearing after injury may be good for your health, new research suggests. Scientists from Keele University found that letting forth a volley of foul language can have a "pain-lessening effect".
Wednesday 23 March 2011
The visual interpretation of the alphabet should be simple enough. What better way to visualise the letter 'a' than by thinking typographically, after all. But three design studios have decided to reinvent the alphabetical wheel by imagining what written letters would look like based on their phonetic versions: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and so on.
Monday 21 February 2011
You can imagine several reasons why KFC has decided that its slogan, "Finger lickin' good", must bite the dust.
Saturday 19 February 2011
New guidance will tell social workers that they should allow white couples to adopt black and ethnic minority children, it was revealed today.
Friday 18 February 2011
Tuesday 07 December 2010
Linguistics boffins might insist James Naughtie's verbal slip was a spoonerism that occurred thanks to the easy exchange of the C for Culture with the H for Hunt. But analyse any conversation and you will find a dozen similar possibilities. Why did Naughtie make precisely this slip at this moment to cause himself and the nation maximum embarrassment (or hilarity, depending on your sensitivity)?
Thursday 07 October 2010
Researchers who had used bamboo rafts to ford surging rivers and climbed steep mountains in the remote north-east of India were rewarded for their toil with the discovery of a rich new language spoken by fewer than 1,000 people.
Tuesday 28 September 2010
Wednesday 25 August 2010
Thursday 19 August 2010
Saturday 15 May 2010
The British habit of talking about the weather is usually taken to be a special way for strangers, particularly, to strike up a conversation on a neutral subject about which everyone can take a view.
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Jose Manuel Barroso warns David Cameron against making 'historic mistake' over immigration reforms
Worst Airports of 2014: Poll names Islamabad airport in Pakistan worst in the world
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