Plain speaking

Lord Justice Brian Leveson with a summary of the Leveson report in central London in November 2012. The closing months of the year 2012 saw the escalating debate about the culture and ethics of journalism, following the report on the Lord Leveson inquiry. Photo: Carl Court/AFP<br /> (Carl Court/AFP)

A rule observed in the breach

3 min read . 22 Apr 2013
The name of the movie, English Vinglish, has the structure of a reduplicated word, but not the sense.<br /> (The name of the movie, English Vinglish, has the structure of a reduplicated word, but not the sense.)

Double-barrelled phrases

3 min read . 22 Oct 2012
Oprah Winfrey has a unique place among media moghuls. Winfrey’s television presence drew a large number of loyal admirers, and her talk show is the “highest rated programme of its kind in history.” She is the richest African American. Photo: AFP<br /> (AFP)

Of sheiks and leaders

3 min read . 08 Oct 2012
<br />SCB entered into a settlement with the regulator and agreed to pay a penalty of $340 million, admitting that the transactions involved ran up to a total of at least $250 billion. Photo: Hemant Mishra/<br />

Lessons from an Iranian gazelle

3 min read . 10 Sep 2012
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English and the language police

3 min read . 30 Jul 2012
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Words derived from names of diseases

2 min read . 16 Jul 2012
<br />Dominique Strauss- Kahn’s perp walk. Photo: Bloomberg<br />

Perp walk, a prosecutor&#8217;s tool

3 min read . 18 Jun 2012
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English penetrates Slav territory

3 min read . 04 Jun 2012
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Features of glittering generalities

3 min read . 23 Apr 2012
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Confused and misused words

3 min read . 09 Apr 2012
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Sense and sensitivity in use of words

2 min read . 26 Mar 2012
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The big dividends of small talk

3 min read . 12 Mar 2012
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<br />File photo of Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, waving the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in Beijing, China. Bloomberg<br />

Must English play second fiddle?

3 min read . 13 Feb 2012
Who&#8217;s afraid of big words?

Who&#8217;s afraid of big words?

3 min read . 30 Jan 2012
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The shifting sands of marriage

2 min read . 16 Jan 2012
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Words that made news this year

2 min read . 19 Dec 2011