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The Hill We Climb Posted by on Jan 21, 2021

If you are studying the English language, you could not find a better example of its power than Amanda Gorman’s poem performed at the inauguration ceremony for President Joe Biden. The Hill We Climb is filled with rich imagery and figurative allusions from culture, history, and the Bible. Gorman was writing her poem for the…

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English Words in the News: Coronavirus Edition Posted by on Mar 19, 2020

How’s your week going? The world, it seems, is having a singular experience. That is to say, we’ve never seen anything like this before. Before anyone argues that the so-called Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918, or the events surrounding 9/11, were similar, let me stop you right there. The world is far more interconnected than…

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The English Word of the Year, 2018 Posted by on Nov 21, 2018

The editors of The Oxford Dictionaries, published by the Oxford University Press, have selected toxic as the 2018 English word of the year. It is a brilliant, if somewhat controversial, selection. In a year of intense divisiveness in the English-speaking world, it is easy to see why this word, and its association with all that…

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In the news: 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK Posted by on Nov 22, 2013

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of former President of the United States John F. Kennedy. He was killed in Dallas, Texas on this day in 1963.  Because it has been exactly 50 years since this tragic day in American history there has been a great deal of news coverage and stories…

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