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welcome back

September 10, 2010 2 comments

 

Hi again! Nice to be back

Check out some of the summer news

Where were you when this happened ? Can you remember? Let us know

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Where the rejected words go

August 9, 2010 Leave a comment

You know that English is a very creative language and that new words are born every year. As they do not have an institution such as the Academia de la Lengua they rely on the good old Oxford English Dictionary to sanction the new words as solid enough to formally join the English language. The OED work started in 1150 and it was completed in 1928, in its printed edition it has 20 volumes plus 3 volumes in the Additions series.

The main change in the new millenium was a digital on line edition which appeared in 2000 and will get a facelift in 2010.

Both editions get revised regularly, this year on the 10th of June the new revised Rh volume was added alongside new entries across the alphabet. Since the OED has gone online these changes are easier to add. In the printed edition this is obviously harder and one has to wait longer for a record of not only new words but new added meanings to existing words

Lexicographers are always on the look out for new words but also members of the public write to the OED with new words. They decide what goes in the OED but it is a very important decision as once they are in the OED they remain there forever.

But what happens to the words that do not make it ?. Well today I have discovered where the rejected words go: they are stored in a vault in the Oxford University Press, dormant until they become accepted, a kind of purgatory for words.

A researcher has found out about this secret vault and the media has loved the story you can read the articles here

You can read the whole article from The Telegraph newspaper by clicking here

The Digital Newspaper

Mail online

My favourite dormant word in nonversation: a worthless conversation. I hope it makes it into the OED

If you like to have some fun with words try these games

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The green-eyed monster

July 14, 2010 Leave a comment

The green-eyed monster

Oh dear!  There had to be jealousy, that all too human emotion.

Nothing new here if it wasn’t because it was courtesy of  The Times, once the preserver of British correctness. O tempora! O mores!

Thank  goodness there was a voice of dissent that raised concern over the treatment of our football heroes. The voice of Miriam Gonzalez Durantez who wrote a letter to the Times editor asking them to eat humble pie after reporting that Spanish National football team’s performance in the match against Switzerland was affected by the presence of journalist Sara Carbonero in the stadium.

Miriam, wife of British Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg,  has shown concern over the misogynistic decline and fall of the British press.

However, let’s not forget that, sadly, the best selling British newspaper is The Sun with its notoriously sexiest page 3. I have often wondered if people buy it as a joke, or to wrap fish and chips as it is only 20 pence anyway.

It is OK as long as we can hear the voice of reason every now and again.

Read all about it here and tell us what you think

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Spain Wins World Cup

July 12, 2010 2 comments

I’m just breaking my own rules and interrupting my holidays to bring all you a breaking blog post! Definitely, the news is worth the effort. We are World Champions!!

Just as the famous Paul – the psychic octopus – predicted, Euro 2008 champions Spain, who conceded only two goals during the tournament, deserved their victory after gradually taking a grip on a tense and bad-tempered contest that produced 14 yellow cards with Johnny Heitinga sent off on 109 minutes after picking up a second yellow card.

It was from a through ball by the influential Fabregas that midfielder Iniesta struck making Spain the first team to win a World Cup after losing their opening game of the tournament.Spain also becomes the team to win World Cup having scored the fewest number of goals – finding the net eight times in their seven matches.
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Andres Iniesta scores with four minutes left in extra time to give Spain their first World Cup with a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands.
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Former Spain coach Jose Antonio Camacho celebrates as Andres Iniesta scores the winning goal against Holland in the World Cup final. On the verge of a heart attack, poor thing!

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… and my favourite bit after this unforgettable final…

soooooo romantic! It is actually making a clean sweep in most Spanish sports headlines!

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Bye bye

May 30, 2010 2 comments

Dear students

You have all been wonderful  this year and we have funtastic memories of our time together. Thanks for your hard work, enthusiam and good feedback

We are going on holiday and will close the blog till September …well …maybe the odd summer post but you see, it will be difficult to access Internet or any other technology from where we are going. We are planning a special holiday in a great hotel, would you like to have a peep? Click here

You see no chance of getting a signal!

We wish you all a great summer and look forward to catching up in September.

Love from Encarni, Sara and Inés

XXX

PS Or as Shakespeare would put it

And whether we shall meet again I know not.
Therefore our everlasting farewell take:
For ever, and for ever, farewell…!
If we do meet again, why, we shall smile;
If not, why then, this parting was well made.

Julius Caeser | Act 5, Scene 1

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Summer Reads

May 28, 2010 1 comment

Perhaps it’s that extra blast of sunlight or our inherent lax attitude to the season. For whatever reason, it just feels like there’s more time to read in the summer. But what to read?

Still filling out your list? Here are 5 books to keep you reading all summer long.

1.THE UNCOMMON READER, by Allan Bennet

The Uncommon Reader is none other than HM the Queen who becomes obsessed with books after a chance encounter with a mobile library. The story follows the consequences of this obsession for the Queen,  her household and advisers, and her constitutional position.The consequence is, of course, surprising, mildly shocking and very funny.

2. ONE DAY, by David Nicholls

‘I can imagine you at forty,’ she said, a hint of malice in her voice. ‘I can picture it right now.’
He smiled without opening his eyes. ‘Go on then.’
15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows?
Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY.

3. THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, by Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

The novel is set in 1946 and is in the form of letters, mainly to and from the central character, Juliet Ashton, a successful writer who becomes, wholly coincidentally, involved with a group of people on Guernsey who lived through the wartime German Occupation. The book has something to say about all kinds of things. Among them are friendship, suffering, forgiveness, goodness and wickedness, the resilience of humanity in desperate circumstances, how reading may influence us and the history of the Channel Islanders during the war.

4. THE THIRTEENTH TALE, by Diane Setterfield.

The Thirteenth Tale is a gothic suspense novel published in 2006.Vida Winter, a famous novelist in England, has never been forthcoming when it comes to her past. Her entire life is a secret, and for fifty years reporters and biographers have attempted to discover the truth. With her health quickly fading, Ms. Winter enlists a bookish amateur biographer named Margaret Lea to bear witness to the tragic story of the Angelfield family, their eccentric beginnings as well as their demise. Margaret, who has family secrets of her own, must unravel the mysteries of the past in order to reconcile not only Miss Winter with her ghosts, but also Margaret with her own.

5. HOW TO BE GOOD, by Nick Hornby

How to Be Good is a 2001 novel that centers on characters Katie Carr, a doctor, and her husband, David Grant. Events take a turn when David stops being “The Angriest Man In Holloway” and begins to be “good” with the help of his spiritual healer, DJ GoodNews.The novel has a funny side, mostly due to the conversion of the husband, David, from an angry, cynical and negative man to a “do-gooder.” Nevertheless, its most important subject is the crisis that the couple is going through.

Pick your choice and enjoy your reading! Remember good sites to buy original books on the web are www.play.com and www.thebookdepository.com both offer good prices and free delivery to your door, or www.amazon.com where you can find second-hand books although you’ll have to add up VAT and posting charges.

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Two tickets for FIFA World Cup South Africa

May 22, 2010 Leave a comment

World football coming our way soon. There is a chance you can join the crowds in South Africa.

Check this competition whose prize is two tickets to South Africa. Good luck!

Easier still in this other competition you only have to enter your data. In this other one there are a couple of tricky questions…

Still if you are not the lucky winner you can always save up and pay for your ticket like everybody else by clicking here

Watch out! Some people have already worked out how the future will unfold