Dictionary.com boldly asks its hundreds of readers to denounce... words! The site has promised to shut itself down if it gets enough nominations.
The flexibility of “football”
The sport went from mobs in the streets, to upper-class English schools, to the rest of the world. But what does “football” mean to you?
The human body gets verbified
Which body-part nouns have become verbs? Dozens. And yet this normal linguistic process causes some people to pancreas with rage! We ask why.
Persons who lecture others to display their superior knowledge of English.
(not superior to ours)
Helpful advice to brow-beat your vocabulary into submission.
INCLUDING THE ARTICLES Don’t say disinterested! Unless you actually mean disinterested; why check it out is wrong and we should chuck it out; why Political Correctness is discouraging me from exercising my right to be horrible to people; why you can’t say gay anymore (I order you not to), and Let’s have a curb on wimyn’s rights.
Not a very large area, as far as I can tell! But in order fully to patronise the inferior dialects of our colonies across the waves, we have included pages on American, Australio-Kiwi, Canadian and Scotch.
My only fear is that these articles aren’t patronising enough; please E-mail us any improvements you can make.
Of course, this Proper English Foundation owes its existence and its prose style to the QUEEN’S ENGLISH SOCIETY, and we’ll never forgive them for it.
We’ve published several articles about the QES’s misguided mission:
- “QES Academy put to sleep”, 2011
- “The QES is gone, but the English language lives on” (a report on their short-lived death), 2012
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