Category Archives: Word reference

Leaning into the new academic year

Do you use the expression “lean in[to] [something]”? Do you know what it means? I have noticed this expression become more common in English over the past few years. I find this intriguing since the creation of a new phrasal … Continue reading

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Hem d’escriure “cribratge”?

Diverses vegades a les pàgines de Tradiling hem tingut ocasió de qüestionar la tasca de les institucions reguladores de la llengua i, en el cas de les llengües que ens ocupen, mereixen una menció especial l’Institut d’Estudis Catalans, la Real … Continue reading

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What do a bear, a wagon and a pan have in common?

They are popular names for the seven most well-known stars in the Ursa Major constellation, which becomes very prominent in the night sky at this time of year. This group of stars, a so-called asterism, has been known since ancient … Continue reading

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malarkey, icon, mamba, defund,…

What do these words have in common? They have all been buzzwords in 2020. According to Merriam-Webster, the well-known American English dictionary, these words were among the most popular look-ups during 2020: malarkey, meaning silly behaviour, was used by Joe … Continue reading

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Debatable dictionary practices

Recently Merriam-Webster came under pressure from an online campaign to change one of the example sentences in their online dictionary of English. After a short period of time the dictionary editors caved in and suppressed the disputed example (as reported … Continue reading

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