Language

At the end of the day, English is fairly unique

The top ten most annoying language habits and why exactly they annoy us

More than words

It may be said as a joke but there is a price to pay for continuous thoughtless use of offensive language

Ifs and Butts as Buddy becomes My Lover

Like a local cheese or wine, old nicknames have a cultural history all of their own

Wassup?

How we get shamazing new words

Punctuation for the nation

The apostrophe is supposed to eliminate confusion, not to cause it

Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants?

Surely any person going to work outside their country is an expatriate? But no, the word exclusively applies to white people.

The name game

Your name can affect your success at work

Social media and the 'decline' of language

Texts, blogs, emails and Facebook posts are affecting other kinds of writing - is this for the good?

Languages in England and Wales

More than 9 in every 10 people have English* as their main language (*English or Welsh in Wales)

Worst at languages

Most English students are not getting beyond a basic level in a foreign language, unlike other European countries

Accents

People are prepared to judge how friendly, intelligent and trustworthy you are by the way you speak. And that's bad news for the people of Liverpool.

Language barriers

Many British holidaymakers struggle with languages and culture

Lost in translation

It is lack of time, not lack of interest that stops us Brits learning the language of our holiday destinations.

Mind your language

The Guardian style guide editor on the linguistic barbarians at the gates