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
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
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.
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