English – The Guardian – To Brits with knickers in a twist over Americanisms: don’t get your panties in a bunch

Many ‘American’ phrases are actually British but a new book argues why we say what we say reveals a lot about our cultures   To those dedicated warriors hunched over their keyboards or gripping their pens, ready to fire off an angry salvo about the Americanization of British English to their favorite newspaper, television channel…

English – The Guardian – Resistance to changes in grammar is futile, say researchers

Linguists say that random chance plays a bigger role than previously thought in the evolution of language – but also that ‘English is weird’   The manuscripts pictured show changes from Old English (Beowulf) through Middle English (Trinity Homilies, Chaucer) to Early Modern English (Shakespeare’s First Folio). Photograph: Mitchell Newberry When it comes to changes…