because people speak English
I'm working on a project for the Northern Territory Department of Education which includes a large volume of online learning media. This media is publicly accessible at:…Continue
The news media reported that "Angelina Jolie had "gifted" Brad Pitt a $30,000 Tiffany watch for father's day".Do you think it is correct to use gifted in that context?What other words might have been…Continue
It sounds like a medical term, or the name of a South African cactus plant, but it describes words in English whose spoken sound is the same as the actual sound. For example, the words "buzz", "hum",…Continue
Sometimes when I interact with US sites I'm confused by what date is being referred to.
The USA has a habit of placing the month before the day so that 4/3 is April 3rd. But in Australia and almost everywhere else in the world I have travelled, the month is written before the day eg, 3/4 or 3rd April. Thus, I'm never sure whether the date is 4th March or 3rd April in US format.
This is only a problem of course when one of the numerals is less…Continue
Over the last few years I have noticed a change in English usage of words that are both singular and plural.
Much of the change, I think, is brought about by people whose first language is not English. Let me explain.
There are many English words that are both singular and plural. However, plurality is now being assigned to these words by the addition of an "s".
For example, I often read an article that includes the word "accommodations" which is written as a plural.…Continue
Hey, that sounds a bit odd ... English is not only English. What does that mean?
When I learnt English at school, I also learnt Latin, some French, and Latin and Greek roots. Learning Latin and Greek roots was the most useful addition to English because English isn't a pure language.
You see, English is a combination of numerous other languages, even some Arabic. By having an understanding of Latin and Greek roots, it is easier to work out what English words are similar and…Continue
Over 100 years ago, Afghanis brought camels to Australia. They worked when the overland telegraph line was installed between Adelaide in the south and Darwin in the north, a distance of about 3,000 km.
Now, we have hundreds, if not thousands of wild camels roaming round in Central Australia. We have developed a camel meat industry which has been successful and most recently sent a number of camels to Qatar to help provide a different genetic stream in their camel industry.