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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: A comparison of the global status of English and Chinese: towards a new global language?
Author: Jeffrey Gil
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Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Abstract: China's rapid development and growing engagement with the rest of the world have prompted much discussion and debate about the Chinese language, especially its prospects for becoming a global language. A report in China Daily (2004), for example, suggests that:


This article appears IN English Today Vol. 27, Issue 1.

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