No, decolonising your bookshelf doesn’t mean getting rid of Jane Austen

by Rashmee

Posted on May 2, 2022 / openDemocracy


The headline in The Daily Telegraph was stark: “Jane Austen dropped from university’s English course …

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Gaelige and Brussels’ Tower of Babel

by Rashmee

Posted on January 22, 2022


The year opened with good news for speakers of Irish or Gaelige. On January 1, …

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You’re…your: The problem with hybrid speech-text communication

by Rashmee

Posted on January 5, 2022


Call me a pedant, but I notice when Muck Rack writes “hoards” (of employees) rather …

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Green, blue…grue. The link between where you live and how you speak

by Rashmee

Posted on December 6, 2021


Words used to describe colour show a clear link between geography and vocabulary, according to …

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Linguistic code is a necessary oil that greases the modern world of work

by Rashmee

Posted on December 3, 2021


One of the funniest – and truest – pieces I recently read was Bartleby’s ruminations …

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James Carville on ‘wokeness’ and the Democrats’ ‘messaging problem’

by Rashmee

Posted on July 14, 2021


/ LANGUAGE The woke agenda keeps James Carville, Bill Clinton’s former election manage, awake at …

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From 1979, this man kept tabs on the EU’s worsening verbal diarrhoea

by Rashmee

Posted on July 2, 2021


/ LANGUAGE Words matter, and the European Union shows just how much. In the years …

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It’s no good Twitter and Facebook serving as an ad hoc international court

by Rashmee

Posted on June 25, 2021


/ LANGUAGE In January, Twitter banned the account of Donald Trump after tweets allegedly inciting …

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4 reasons to believe America may be in better political shape than we think

by Rashmee

Posted on June 18, 2021


/ LANGUAGE In his final column (June 17), The New York Times’s departing long-time columnist …

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Boris and that ‘special relationship’

by Rashmee

Posted on June 11, 2021


/ LANGUAGE Boris Johnson, it turns out, isn’t overly fond of the phrase “special relationship”.…

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK