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A new start after 60: I don’t like being defeated – so at 71, I learned Welsh
It’s not easy to find Welsh speakers in Ohio, but Dafydd Jones was determined to learn the language of his parents and connect with his homeland 3,800 miles away

Emma Beddington

17, Apr, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Is Oxfam’s language guide taking sides in the culture war? | Letters
Letters: Readers respond to the charity’s publication of a guide to inclusive language

31, Mar, 2023 @5:12 PM

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Christine Wilson obituary
Other lives: Linguist who played key roles in Norwich, through the Friends of Eaton Park and the twinning association with Rouen

Helen Mitchell

10, Mar, 2023 @6:36 PM

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For once, Matt Hancock speaks for us all | Brief letters
Brief letters: WhatsApp betrayal | Johnson ploughs on | Marks and Engel | Another use for turnips | What’s in a name

06, Mar, 2023 @6:24 PM

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English is pants when it comes to describing solitary drinking | Tim Adams
Don’t believe it if you think that ours is the last word in language

Tim Adams

04, Mar, 2023 @6:30 PM

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The final irony of my much-mangled Irish name | Letters
Letters: Colm (AKA Colin) Russell on a lifetime of his name being misunderstood, and Catherine McLoughlin on Bill Bryson’s observation about the Irish language

02, Mar, 2023 @5:55 PM

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Readers reply: why is the surname Farmer uncommon when there were so many farmers for so long?
The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific and philosophical concepts

22, Jan, 2023 @2:00 PM

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‘Queen’ is UK children’s word of the year for 2022
Almost half of the children surveyed by Oxford University Press chose ‘Queen’ as their top word, with ‘happy’ and ‘chaos’ in second and third place

Sarah Shaffi

17, Jan, 2023 @12:01 AM

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May I have a word about… the perils of nominative determinism | Jonathan Bouquet
Just because someone is called Swindells doesn’t mean they’re out to cheat you

Jonathan Bouquet

15, Jan, 2023 @9:30 AM

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Gerry Nelson obituary
Other lives: Researcher at UCL immersed in the International Corpus of English project

Anthony Nelson

03, Jan, 2023 @5:35 PM

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Philip Larkin’s letter about the Ilkley screamer | Brief letters
Brief letters: Ted Hughes poetry reading | Avanti trains | Hoarding toes | A measure of squidge | Deep dive into jargon

06, Dec, 2022 @6:37 PM

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‘Goblin mode’: new Oxford word of the year speaks to the times
Term resonates with people feeling ‘overwhelmed’ with having to present their best selves

Lucy Knight

05, Dec, 2022 @8:29 AM

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