Whose meaning is it anyway?*

“What’s the meaning of…” seems to be a perfectly innocent question. But language is never innocent, is it?    I give you exhibit A, the word white-shoe: According to The American Heritage, “white-shoe adj. Of or being a long-established business known for reputable service and a wealthy clientele: “took a job at… [a] pronouncedly white-shoe investment-banking firm” (Connie Bruck)”...Read More

Why teachers need a pronunciation dictionary

A teacher who is worried about his or her language development has many avenues to pursue, pronunciation being only one of them. On that matter, though, here is a tip: don’t snub pronunciation dictionaries! I know what you are thinking, “Why on earth would people need pronunciation dictionaries if regular dictionaries (even those online!) have...Read More
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