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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Victories fastened in grammar: historical documentation of Irish English
Author: Kevin McCafferty
Institution: University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway
Linguistic Field: Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: In 'Murdering the language' Moya Cannon imagines Ireland as a shore washed over by human tides. Each invasion added fresh layers to landscape, community and language, until:


This article appears IN English Today Vol. 27, Issue 2.

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