From media personalities to parents and politicians, there's a drive to sound more conversational and less authoritative. Sure, there's virtue in people talking to people, but in our society, the voice of authority may be losing out. We explore the...
Creative new words are popping up daily on the internet, in boardrooms and in classrooms. A recent study by Harvard University and Google shows that English has been expanding by 8500 words per year, and now stands at more than one million words. But...
Episode 6: Mashup
Whether it's in the baseball dugout, at home, or out in the community, many Canadians are spicing up their English conversation by tossing in words from different languages such as Hindi, Arabic, or Spanish. And that includes Canada's Major League...
Episode 7: Punctuation
Punctuation can help clarify what we mean - even emphasize certain points. But with the proliferation of smart phones, tablets and Twitter, many of us are tapping out shorter messages faster, often tossing punctuation aside. Or, to make sure our...
Episode 9: Jargon
Supratentorial, bond yields, overclocking...we hear jargon everywhere, every day from doctors to economists to computer experts. Sometimes it feels like a completely different language, and if we don't have the fluency, we can feel shut out. But if we...
Episode 10: Who Owns English?
Babel is going global. As English expands in countries such as India, China and South Africa, regional varities are emerging. And it's not surprising. Most conversations in English nowadays occur between people who speak it as a second, third or...
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