Posts Tagged: BBC News

Discussions on Language

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“Ugly and pointless new usages appear in the media and drift into everyday conversation: Faze, as in “it doesn’t faze me” Hospitalize, which really is a vile word Wrench for spanner Elevator for lift Rookies for newcomers, who seem to have flown here via the sports pages.” BBC News released an article on “Americanisms” in […]

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Child Witnesses

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“Today children of any age can be called to give evidence as their competence depends upon their understanding not their age.” But that has not always been the case; before the 17th century children younger than 14 were deemed unreliable witnesses. Then, along came witch hunts and one particular English witch trial in which a […]

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