Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Using the internet to research new words

Here's a very neat website called WebCorp that allows you to search for words across the internet to see where and when they have appeared. There are probably loads of language uses for this, but one that springs to mind is to see how long ago new words might have first appeared in print for work on ENGA3 Language Change.

So, you could try a search for recent faves such as staycation, frenemy, moobs, credit crunch and gas sipper....go on give it a go. Then do what everyone else does and search for your own name and some rude words.

Black British English vs MLE

The latest episode of Lexis is out and it features an interview with Ife Thompson about lots of issues connected to Black British English, i...