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Walking on linguistic eggshells: race and racism in America

October 6, 2018 Comments Off on Walking on linguistic eggshells: race and racism in America

An exchange I had with a black bouncer at a Hollywood night club showed the tangle Americans get into when talking about race and ethnicity.

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Derrick Greaves, Sheffield, 1953 © Derrick Greaves, courtesy James Hyman Gallery in London

Decline and Fall: how language shapes the North

January 31, 2016 Comments Off on Decline and Fall: how language shapes the North

Language shapes how we see places and the people living in them, says Laura Brown. But the North loses the language game, and has done for generations.

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George Formby

You Just Don’t Understand Me: Life in the US

December 14, 2014 4 Comments

“Are you English?” asked the guy in the queue. “Yes” I replied. His next question was: “What language do they speak in England?”

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