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Do you want to improve your own skills and knowledge through worldwide communication? Help others learn too? Are you a language professional or amateur? A learner or teacher of English (teachers are learners too)? There are no pundits or hierarchies here. Dialectically (à la Socrates, not Marx), we refine our thinking and communicative skills, and interactively sharpen our ideas, through questions and answers. Sweetly and clearly, for serious fun, we pool views and humour on language-related topics.

Anything goes -- puns, jokes or anecdotes with a linguistic emphasis; queries or rants about etymology, grammar or punctuation; reminiscences and reflections; diatribes and discourses; quotations and reviews; prose, poetry and drama; writing tools and glossaries; website reviews; linguistic highways and byways; language learning and teaching; the multifarious uses of words, written and spoken... past, present and future... Whether we post one-liners, paragraphs, essays or treatises, let’s make them a pleasure to read. Enlightening and edifying? So much the better. If not, let's at least raise interesting issues. All grist to the mill (and if you don't like our clichés, say so and suggest something better)!

You can search all our correspondence. On some subjects, you'll find we have written at length and had lively, prolonged debates. (Try 'gender-neutral language', for example. This really got us out of the woodwork: you'll find no fewer than 51 posts. See also 'Happy IWD and some thoughts on feminism, gender, etc', complete with a short gender glossary, from 8 March 2003.) See what we thought and what you think. And if we've got it wrong, why don't you put us right?

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  • Dec 16, 2000
  • English

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