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Offensive and shocking words get added to the Oxford Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) adds new terms four times a year, and this week roughly 900 words made their first appearance including "bathroom-break," "bestie", and four adjectives that refer to the highly offensive c-word.
In the Media by Jessica Jones-Langley - 2 comments

Hospital patient kicked out when requesting service in English

Montreal - A patient entered Verdun General Hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in an ambulance because of chest pains, but says she was kicked out when requesting that hospital staff speak to her in English, rather than French.
In the Media by Matthew Hendricks

Louisiana lawmaker wants to defund library in favor of new jail

Come Saturday, members of a southern Louisiana community of 97,000 known as Lafourche Parish will vote on a controversial ballot proposal aiming to reallocate $800,000 a year from the local library budget to the funding of a new $25 million jail.
In the Media by Scott Tuttle - 1 comment

Commuting students: English lessons available on trains in France

Paris - For those in France wishing to improve their English, a new service started up this week. France's rail operator, SNCF, is offering English lessons, literally on the rails, to profitably pass commuters' travel time.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 4 comments

Photo Essay: Boating along the River Thames Special

Henley On Thames - Possibly one of the most picturesque and quaint parts of the River Thames is the stretch between Henley-on-Thames and Marlow.
Digital Journal Report by Richard Milnes - 5 comments

British band The Heavy offer punk, funk, soul, and rock and roll Special

British funk-rock band The Heavy have been churning out their unique brand of neo-soul rock since 2007. On their third album, they embrace a varied palette of sounds, nodding at the past while embracing the future.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy

British family of three found shot dead in southern Spain

Mijas - A British couple and their daughter have been found dead in a rented apartment in Mijas, southern Spain. The family was found to have been shot dead and police confirm it is a murder-suicide. (Updated)
In the Media by Anne Sewell

Video: Russell Brand reduces US TV anchors to nervous wrecks live

Russell Brand is an English comedian, author and movie star, known for being rather outspoken, especially when interviewed on TV. He completely floored the MSNBC anchors when interviewed about his upcoming world comedy tour.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

Englishman wakes up from stroke speaking fluent Welsh

Alun Morgan, 81, suffered a severe stroke and when he came around he was speaking fluent Welsh, although he had never spoken the language before.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 5 comments

Santorum: Puerto Rico must adopt English language for statehood

San Juan - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said on Wednesday that he would support Puerto Rico for statehood if only it makes English its main language.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 3 comments
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