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Language wars: the 19 greatest linguistic spats of all time


‘Nucular’ warThe fact that we used to make fun of George W Bush for his malapropisms seems quaint these days. All English speakers live with the results of historic metatheses that caught on: horse used to be “hros” and bird used to be “brid”. But in reality, English speakers have been splitting their infinitives for hundreds of years. Mother’s monthIf you’re a ruler with absolute power there’s nothing to stop you issuing any manner of linguistic decrees. Don’t Believe a Word: The Surprising Truth About Language will be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in August


Source: The Guardian June 17, 2019 15:14 UTC



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