In case you had never heard of it, GLAD is this amazing open-access database of Anglicisms. GLAD stands for Global Anglicism Database; I think choosing to add the “L” from global was an excellent choice, because the database does make me glad. Open access stuff always does, especially if it has to do with global… Continue reading GLAD needs Fins
This website was set up to accompany my newsletter on how English is evolving and how it is spoken around the world. I like making lists. I like categorising the things I come across. It’s just how I tick. This website is a side project, and I usually only come to it once a month,… Continue reading About this website
When I started my newsletter, it was fortnightly. You probably don’t remember that, though, I had only 100 – 200 subscribers at the time. I decided it was taking too much time out of my life and moved to a monthly schedule. This worked well, until I got so good at finding articles about the… Continue reading Fortnightly? Monthly? What is the deal?
Welcome to the latest instalment of English in Progress, the newsletter that keeps you updated on the English language. Fresh in your inbox every first Friday of the month. (Ish.) Copied onto my website englishinprogress.net for your googling convenience. The original Substack newsletter can be found here. My name is Heddwen Newton. I am a… Continue reading Ngl, the comic this month is grammable 💎, are vapes damaging teenagers’ voices? 😮💨
Is there a kind of English that is typical for Michigan? Of course there is. Just like any other part of the world, the people in Michigan have their own accent and their own special ways of saying things. On my website, I collect resources for all variants of English, and Michigan English is one… Continue reading Michigan English
The sentence in the picture was created with the help of r/miami on Reddit, but I did not get a lot of response, so corrections are appreciated. “Ey, paquetero. The seatbelt isn’t choking you. Get down from the car.” Translation into my own English English: „Hey, drama queen. The seat belt isn’t choking you. Get… Continue reading Miami English
About the picture This sentence probably rang a bell; you know it from the famous Bob Marley song. What does “no woman, no cry” mean? Many people think that “no woman, no cry” means “if you don’t have a woman, then you won’t have to cry”. However, this grammatically correct Jamaican English sentence actually means… Continue reading Jamaican English
This song from May 2022 only just crossed my radar. As someone who is interested in how English is spoken by young adults today, this is an absolute treat. Crypto Boy, by American singer-songwriter salem ilese, born 1999 (she writes her name without capital letters) Here are the lyrics: Mention NFT’s one more time And… Continue reading Can you imagine someone from 1990 listening to Crypto Boy?
It was a big Monday for me this week. To understand how big, you have to know that I am fascinated by World Englishes; Why do most Americans pronounce the “r”, while most Brits don’t? How many more fun words will Australians come up with? Is “Euro-English” a thing? How do people respond to Dutch… Continue reading Is it ethical to predict the future of English?
I probably don’t need to tell you about ChatGPT, the AI that is impressing and scaring everyone with its natural language and extensive answers on everything. The tweet that put it best into words for me was this one: ChatGPT does NOT get facts right, but sounds as if it does, which is very dangerous.… Continue reading Chat GPT on the future of English