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…

English – The Guardian – That time I made my mom guess the meaning of English expressions

After Uganda’s president said he and Queen Elizabeth were ‘friends with mutual benefits’, I was inspired to investigate some other confusing idioms   Where English comes from. Photograph: Mona Chalabi View more sharing options Shares 244 Comments 257 Mona Chalabi @MonaChalabi email Thursday 22 June 2017 12.00 BSTLast modified on Thursday 22 June 2017 15.10 BST Uganda’s…