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30 March 2021

In a recent article, we took a look at some of the new words that have entered the lexicon in the past few years, and how language is constantly evolving. But, as in the animal kingdom, where exciting new species are discovered every year, it is inevitable that the opposite also occurs and there are some extinctions too. Certain words inevitably become casualties, cut from the dictionary as others crowd them out.

In this article, we reverse our approach and take a light-hearted look at some older words that have fallen out of favour. Join us as we shine a curious beam back in time to illuminate some fascinating words that are now all but obsolete.

16 March 2021

Languages are always changing, and English is no exception. With every year, new words are created and perhaps even added to the dictionary, giving them a sense of permanence in a changing world.
In this article, the first of two on how English has changed and continues to evolve, we explore how and why new words enter our lives. We also take a look at a few of the more unusual business terms that have appeared in recent times.

16 June 2020

One of the most helpful ways to understand how languages are related to each other is to think of them as families, where closely linked ‘family members’ share more in common than distant relations – just like a family tree, where languages are grouped based on common linguistic ancestors.

In this article, we explore the way languages are linked through their family histories, with a special focus on the Indo-European family (home to English and many other European languages).

28 March 2018

Whether you are a teacher, translator, traveler, learner, or language enthusiast, you can agree that languages are a fascinating feature of our daily lives. Hearing a foreign tongue sparks a curiosity and interest that only comes with such subtle mystery. […]

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