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Much of the media narrative leading up to today's wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton has focused on Kate's "commoner" background, particularly her mother's family, hailing from the humble coal-mining country of northern England. In class-conscious British society, differences in social background come through in speech patterns -- as anyone who's seen "My Fair Lady" knows. So how have the royal family and the middle-class Middletons navigated this tricky linguistic terrain?  Continue reading...
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For the April VT crossword puzzle, we've got another a vocabulary-related riddle for you. Decipher it and you could win a Visual Thesaurus T-shirt!  Continue reading...
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As soon as I read about them, I was drawn to the real-life rags-to-riches story of the Fox sisters. Two ordinary farm girls from Western New York, Maggie and Kate Fox gripped their community by claiming to be able to communicate with the dead. They became celebrities in the bargain, sowing the seeds of an international religious movement that would eventually claim a million followers.  Continue reading...
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Different From, Than, or To?

Stan Carey, one of our regular contributors, has a detailed post on his Sentence First blog about different from, than, and to. Though the than and to variants are often considered incorrect, Stan argues that these are simply dialectal differences. Read the whole thing here.
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As chronicled in this space over the last year, one of my 11th grade classes has been the chief guinea pig -- um, I mean, main lucky participants! -- in a curriculum one of my colleagues and I have been developing. We're taking her core Earth Science content and combining it with my Beginning Playwriting practice.  Continue reading...
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Students tend to associate antonym pairs with adjectives — hot and cold, fast and slow, etc. This week's worksheet shows your students that verbs can have opposing meanings as well.  Continue reading...
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The prolific British language writer, David Crystal, has produced another winner: A Little Book of Language (now out in paperback), which Publishers Weekly calls "the perfect primer for anyone interested in the subject." In this excerpt, Crystal explains how language changes, from vocabulary to grammar.  Continue reading...
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