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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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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You can change the world, one dictionary entry at a time

by Rashmee

Posted on May 20, 2021


/ LANGUAGE Maria Beatrice Giovanardi is proof that words matter and we can change the …

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Voters reward Boris but what about the fog of Brexit Newspeak?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 14, 2021


/ LANGUAGE The May 6 elections in England showed something interesting. People want to be …

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Lobbying and cronyism in Britain: fat cats and other felines

by Rashmee

Posted on April 16, 2021


/ LANGUAGE Britain’s so-called lobbying and cronyism row is anything but. It’s about fat cats, …

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Money talks. Mitch McConnell and corporate America’s First Amendment rights

by Rashmee

Posted on April 9, 2021


/ LANGUAGE I thought the Huffington Post offered the most succinct analysis of Senate Minority …

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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