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The Lazy Man's Guide to Shakespeare

How can I convert a modern English speech into Shakespearean English, quickly and easily? [more inside]
posted by unclejeffy on Apr 20, 2006 - 14 answers

Here's a topic... I mean it's a pretty puzzling one.

Is it just me, or has the verbal crutch "I mean" (used as a conjunction rather than a correction) really flooded into American English recently? Last night I was listening to a radio show and nearly all the callers were doing it. My wife does it. My friends do it. I have to stop myself from doing it. Is this at all new? When did it start? I really don't remember hearing this (or doing this) 10-20 years ago.
posted by rolypolyman on Apr 15, 2006 - 40 answers

Linguaesthetics

What does English sound like? [more inside]
posted by xanthippe on Apr 10, 2006 - 51 answers

Greek-English Old Testament

Help me find an interlinear NIV Greek-English Old Testament. [more inside]
posted by nile_red on Apr 8, 2006 - 13 answers

World getting smaller, my ass.

Anyone (non-Japanese-speaking, not based in Japan) have experience buying from Amazon.co.jp? [more inside]
posted by kittyprecious on Mar 29, 2006 - 5 answers

"Literally" is its own antonym! How can this be?

Thanks to a derail in this thread, I have learned that Merriam-Webster now believes that "literally" also means "virtually." This has shaken me to the core, and seems to be evidence of the English language being irrevocably broken. I beg you to ease my soul and prove this isn't true by giving me evidence of other English words that, over time, have come to mean their own antonyms.
posted by Faint of Butt on Mar 28, 2006 - 103 answers

Holy Shit, Batman!

Where do apeshit and batshit come from? [more inside]
posted by landtuna on Mar 21, 2006 - 26 answers

I tried to think of a cute title, but to be honest, I didn't try very hard.

In America, there's a trend towards making the English language more gender-neutral. However, it seems that English is already one of the world's more androgynous languages. Is there an effort to make other languages more gender-neutral, or is it just American English?
posted by Afroblanco on Mar 17, 2006 - 50 answers

English Bacon, Canadian Bacon . . . Who knew there was so much to a pig?

While abroad last fall, I had really awesome sandwhiches. It seemed like every pub we ate in had a brie-and-bacon-on-some-sort-of-bread available. Now that I'm back in the states, I want to know where to find English bacon, or how to substitute for it. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Mar 16, 2006 - 11 answers

How to entertain an international audience at a wedding?

I am to be the best man at a wedding of a German and Italian (the bride). I have been asked by the couple to speak in English on the day. Most people attending should be able to understand some English but unfortunately there will still be a number who will not understand. Any clever ideas on how to bridge the language barrier? German humour and Italian humour - what are they? Are they compatible? How could I work them together? As I am British, I don't know the different customs and practices at Italian weddings and German weddings. What are the things I should really make a point of doing and not doing? Are there some finer touches that would really go down well? [more inside]
posted by BritishBestMan on Mar 7, 2006 - 12 answers

Quick and dirty translation?

What does the Japanese writing on these two packages mean (in English)?
posted by onshi on Feb 7, 2006 - 13 answers

How do I teach my child a foreign language?

How to teach my child a foreign language (English)? [more inside]
posted by davar on Jan 29, 2006 - 21 answers

One should use "one"!

Why does one not use the word "one" more often when refering to people in general? [more inside]
posted by Jase_B on Jan 10, 2006 - 24 answers

Oxford English Trickionary

The online version of the OED (subscription required) uses an ASCII version of IPA, and I can't figure it out. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jan 8, 2006 - 12 answers

Does this decade have a name?

It's been six years. Do you have, or does anyone you know use a term, in conversation, comparable to 'the nineties' or 'the eighties' for this decade?
posted by airguitar on Jan 2, 2006 - 71 answers

What is the History of English Capitalization?

What is the History of English Language Capitalization? [more inside]
posted by freebird on Dec 27, 2005 - 34 answers

What english-speaking jobs are there in Germany?

What sorts of English-speaking jobs are available in Germany? [more inside]
posted by TunnelArmr on Dec 23, 2005 - 7 answers

Getting back to Japan

How do I find a non-teaching job in Japan? [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Dec 21, 2005 - 9 answers

How did American and British English become different?

Why is American English so different from British English? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Dec 19, 2005 - 27 answers

American verb

How can I say "to skull a beer" in American English? It means to drink a whole lot of beer in one gulp.
posted by dydecker on Dec 13, 2005 - 55 answers

How to improve and practice my english conversation skills using skype

I'd like to improve my english (french is my mother language). [more inside]
posted by vincentm on Dec 8, 2005 - 27 answers

Spoken English courses in Manhattan / elsewhere in NYC?

Spoken English courses in Manhattan / elsewhere in NYC? [more inside]
posted by bokononito on Dec 3, 2005 - 6 answers

Japanese-English electronic dictionary recommendations?

A friend of mine would like to buy an electronic Japanese-English dictionary. What model do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by teem on Dec 3, 2005 - 8 answers

How do you pronounce Murinae?

How do you pronounce Murinae?
posted by Jairus on Nov 30, 2005 - 19 answers

How easy is it to emigrate to the US from the EU

How difficult would it be for a married couple (1 german, 1 english) currently living in london - to move to live and work in US - for example to san francisco [more inside]
posted by Svea on Nov 25, 2005 - 23 answers

Kiss my 'S-es'.

What's the deal with expressing ownership on names that end in 's'? If I had a buddy named 'Loveless' and wanted to talk about his pet dog, I would write "Loveless' pet dog". But I would clearly pronounce the exact same sentence like "Lovelesses pet dog". Doesn't that suck?
posted by fucker on Nov 23, 2005 - 22 answers

Electronic OED?

Electronic version of the Oxford English Dictionary? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Oct 24, 2005 - 32 answers

where the 性交 am I?

How do I see this google map of Japan with English placenames?
posted by luriete on Oct 18, 2005 - 10 answers

How do we know how Chaucer sounded?

There seems to be a consensus on how Chaucer and his contemporaries sounded. What I'd like is a summary (or links, or pointers to resources) of how we know how Middle English speakers sounded.
posted by everichon on Oct 10, 2005 - 7 answers

Gift for Mom....herself.

Help me find a gift for my 55 yr. old mother that will help her begin to wonder of her own thoughts and wishes, and think that just maybe she could be a force of her very own in this world. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 27, 2005 - 5 answers

"Inconceivable!"

What words do people use that consistently make you cringe and wonder if they understand what they are saying? [more inside]
posted by Invoke on Sep 11, 2005 - 241 answers

Why should ancient foreigners speak ancient English?

Why is the dialogue in Rome all in quasi-Shakespearean English? [more inside]
posted by skryche on Sep 1, 2005 - 36 answers

Capitalization Rules and Acronyms

I'm trying to figure out the proper capitalization rules for acronyms. [more inside]
posted by cm on Aug 24, 2005 - 16 answers

Who's right?

When Americans talk about things like bands and sports teams they use the singular but when people in the UK/Ireland do so they use the plural. Who's right? [more inside]
posted by daveirl on Aug 11, 2005 - 22 answers

Never smile at a crocodile?

I'm reading Princesses, by Flora Fraser (which, OT, is a bit too much like school to be really enjoyable) and am interested in a term I don't understand. [more inside]
posted by SashaPT on Jul 25, 2005 - 5 answers

Guide to 17th-century English

Can anyone recommend a dictionary or guide to 17th-century English that would help my teenage daughter understand the words she comes across when reading Milton and the boys?
posted by GoatCactus on Jul 20, 2005 - 10 answers

Pictograph Translations and Sound

Why are Asian languages not translated into English phonetically? [more inside]
posted by interrobang on Jun 27, 2005 - 21 answers

Who cares ?

Why do Americans use the expression "I could care less" Surely it's "I could NOT care less"
posted by johnny7 on Jun 10, 2005 - 67 answers

Recommendations for fiction to help new U.S. citizen learn modern slang?

A smart Venezuelan acquaintance is looking for fiction to help improve his understanding of current American idioms and slang. [more inside]
posted by mediareport on Jun 5, 2005 - 11 answers

vocabulary building

I'm pretty verbose, but I don't think my vocabulary has grown much in years. And I'd like to build it up. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on May 18, 2005 - 23 answers

Good dictionary for a writer?

Which dictionaries would you recommend as a gift for a writer friend? [more inside]
posted by hootch on Apr 27, 2005 - 35 answers

Is there a noun to refer to a childless person?

Is there a word in English, a noun, that refers to a childless adult? Given the nature of English, there seems like there would be, but if there is, I can't think of it. If there isn't, why not? [more inside]
posted by sic on Apr 9, 2005 - 48 answers

Grammar Filter:

Which statement is correct? Does either of you recognize this person? Do either of you recognize this person? [more inside]
posted by pelican on Mar 19, 2005 - 19 answers

Etymology of the phrase "hunt you down like a dog"

What's the origin of the phrase "hunt you down like a dog?" I can seem to find the origins of other phrases involving dogs pretty easily but not this one.
posted by DyRE on Feb 3, 2005 - 16 answers

What's the difference between intern/internship and trainee/traineeship?

English language question: what is the difference between intern/internship and trainee/traineeship? [+] [more inside]
posted by elgilito on Jan 28, 2005 - 18 answers

Overcoming Lack of College Degree in Landing GOOD Teaching English as Foreign Language Position?

Teaching English as a Foreign Language question inside, sort of a follow-up to this post. [more inside]
posted by schoolgirl report on Jan 13, 2005 - 4 answers

Visit My Website, Mon!

Are there any websites written entirely in Jamaican English?
posted by reklaw on Jan 7, 2005 - 18 answers

Help with Edwardian slang I don't know how to spell?

Edwardian slang. I'm in the midst of an Upstairs Downstairs marathon and the daughter of the house keeps using a word that sounds like "deevee" and apparently means something like "cool." I've googled (hard when you don't know the spelling) and gone through online dictionaries of Victorian and Edwardian slang, but no luck on what it means or the derivation. Can anyone enlighten me?
posted by helcat on Jan 1, 2005 - 22 answers

Who coined the phrase "Cultural Cathedral?"

Who coined the phrase "Cultural Cathedral?" MI. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Dec 30, 2004 - 7 answers

Certification for Teaching English?

Ok, I apologize in advance for this being a not-entirely-original question, but my girlfriend and I are looking to teach English somewhere in Europe starting this fall (we're thinking mostly of Spain and Italy, but we're open to suggestions), and I was wondering how important certification is, and how to obtain the correct sort of certification from a reputable authority. Thanks, AskMeFi!
posted by clockzero on Dec 26, 2004 - 12 answers

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