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Peter Trudgill

For Australians and New Zealanders, the proof is in the Pavlova pudding

PETER TRUDGILL on the origins of a tasty dessert – and the disagreement it causes in parts of the Southern Hemisphere.

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Where the Greek language lingered

Alexander the Great spread the language far and wide. But where did it last the longest?

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The false negatives the English language just can't handle

PETER TRUDGILL on the linguistic device common in many European languages that can only go so far in English.

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Let's be smart, and reach out to Americanisms

PETER TRUDGILL on the seemingly unstoppable use of US words and phrases in our daily lives.

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Vital signs: The story of Britain's other language

The struggles, and triumphs, of British Sign Language.

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Romancing Romanian and Moldavian tones

For political reasons, Moldovan and Romanian were considered separate languages. In fact, they are largely identical

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The linguistic legacy of the buccaneering spirit

PETER TRUDGILL on a coastline and a corner of Colombia that seems forever English-speaking

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What's in a name? For these locations, an entire history

The English place names that offer revealing clues to the progress of invaders of these islands.

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How Jamaican Patwa became the first language of whispering death

PETER TRUDGILL on the cricketer Michael Holding and Jamaican Patwa

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One tiny tweak to subvert a tyrant

A minor change to the spelling of the Belarusian president's name would offer a subtle challenge to his authority.

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The many accents of Afghanistan

The country has a reputation for being remote and reclusive, yet is home to a remarkably multilingual society, as well as one of language's greatest mysteries, writes PETER TRUDGILL

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How Yiddish is a language shaped by adversity

PETER TRUDGILL on the many chapters of Yiddish

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Why European language isn't always black and white

Not all languages use the same terms to describe skin colour, writes PETER TRUDGILL.

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Why Viennese public transport is on the hunt for more colourful language

PETER TRUDGILL on a recent decision to drop a common Austrian phrase due to racial sensitivities

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Having a ponder over yonder

The disappearance of this archaic term represents a genuine loss for the English language, says PETER TRUDGILL

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The Sami people and their nine different tongues

The Sami people are divided by several different languages and thousands of kilometres of inhospitable terrain. What does it all tell us about this remotely dispersed population?

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Digby Jones' attack on Alex Scott's accent wasn't just snobbish, it was wrong

Why Lord Digby Jones's claims that Alex Scott's commentary ruined the Olympics are ill-founded

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Where did J R R Tolkien's surname come from?

JRR Tolkien, the South African-born philologist and author of 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord Of The Rings'. Photo by Haywood Magee/Getty Images

The roots of author J R R Tolkien’s name are almost as tangled as his fantasy fiction.

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Bethlehem to Bedlam: What links bywords for peace and mayhem

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The quirks of Ps and Qs

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How sound switch nearly caused a farewell to alms

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The language that got frozen out

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Yet another way to aggravate language pedants

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A common surname and its surprising roots

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The fight against the homogenisation of the British Isles

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It's alright to be wrong about all right

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How Singapore learned to speak with many tongues

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Why the English could understand the Vikings

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The slow death of Channel Islands Norman

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The English language's U-turn

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Giving a v-sign to language pendants

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The long and short of language

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How our words turn whiffy

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The slow death and recent revival of the Cornish language

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Not a real language? You've Scot to be joking

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The evolution of Joseph Stalin's mother tongue

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The language of leaping to conclusions

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The season that didn't always spring to mind

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How Robert Maxwell had such a way with language

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The Swiss secret that could keep Britain together

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Aussie accents on the march

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The vocabulary of the Vikings

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The Welsh that went around the world

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The words that went their own ways

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How the English language slipped up when it came to spaghetti

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The watery connection linking Johann Sebastian Bach and Rupert Brooke

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The arrival of English in Australia... and how long after the accent appeared

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Why neither noel nor yule took off in Britain

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What's a wassail?

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Ignorance about language leaves me lost for words

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Ignorance about language leaves me lost for words

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The rhyming links behind many common surnames

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How everything became 'okey dokey'

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How the English could get let behind in the global race

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Antarctica, the continent with no language

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Armenia's linguistic ancestry - and its links to Europe

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How to put a place to a name

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A fishy tale of long lost sounds

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Europe's influence on how we report the weather

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The European twists on English surnames

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The Americanisation of our education institutions

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A hat-trick for Pakistan

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How a 16-year-old became a language lynchpin

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How young children learn their native language

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PETER TRUDGILL: Where does ‘banter’ come from?

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Peculiar plurals - the words which break the rules

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How the Native American’s influenced the English language

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Bawdiness of the Bard – The possibly rude origin of Shakespeare’s surname

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Portmanteaus deconstructed: a guide to blended words

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How being ‘quite wrong’ can have a different meaning to Americans

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A brief history of Irish colonialism

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Peter Trudgill: Where did ‘English’ come from?

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An ‘istory of dropped aitches

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Paraguay bucks the sombre colonial trend of language loss

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Tearing up the rule on split infinitives

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Proto op for ancient tongue

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The language that is a perfect blend of two others

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Number five-and-twenty: A fading linguistic practice

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The many languages of classical music

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Uncommon Language: How the Welsh and English language differ

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What’s in a place name?

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How words disappear, or go into hiding

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The surnames which seem to indicate nationality

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Does any language actually make sense?

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The complex history of language and religion in southeastern Europe

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PETER TRUDGILL: The colourful code for names

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The footballing convention that Jose Mourinho often ignores

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How ‘have’ didn’t hold: The bizarre history of a common word

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Go forth and diversify - how a rural Ireland dialect still lasts after centuries

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Modern Greek’s Island story - how the Greek language grew

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How relationships differentiate from one language to another

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The talk of the Baltic

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What’s behind Britain’s most common surnames?

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When a metaphor is a bit mundane

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Diego Maradona: From foul play to word play

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How languages develop their vocabularies

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Faux-pas? Language’s relationship to the negative

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The Alpine People’s Vote

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‘Broad’ and ‘wide’ - a linguistic mystery

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How Sam Smith’s gender neutrality causes challenges for language

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Why short is almost always sweet when it comes to language

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Absorbing Sorbian: The story of Germany’s Slavic speaking communities

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What happened to Britain’s four ancient languages?

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PETER TRUDGILL: A not so brief history of time

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Locating the UK’s language barriers

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How language has affected your childhood favourite nursery rhymes

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The lost language of the Canary Islands

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PETER TRUDGILL: The riddle of the foxglove

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PETER TRUDGILL: Very valuable varying vowels

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PETER TRUDGILL: Disasters are all Greek to us

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The story behind the Norn language

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PETER TRUDGILL: A macabre word to like

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The story behind some of the Premier League’s biggest names

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PETER TRUDGILL: Wales’s very own little England

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Short-Termism: How our words shrink over time

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Is there a question mark over the apostrophe’s future?

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PETER TRUDGILL: Ancient patterns of languages that defy logic

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The lingering links of Latin

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PETER TRUDGILL: The birthplace of a language

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PETER TRUDGILL: Dying echoes of Marathon

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What’s in a name?

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PETER TRUDGILL: History behind a trieste toast

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PETER TRUDGILL: Between us, I’ve had enough of language ‘experts’

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Racist roots of the word anti-semitism

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PETER TRUDGILL: How ‘correct’ pronouns has sent language in a peculiar direction

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How the Minch was pinched

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Has cheap had its chips?

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How driving and metric can be traced back to Europe’s despots

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He Right - There’s no correct way of speaking English

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PETER TRUDGILL: Just say cheese to get a taste of how languages differ

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Why a good burgundy comes from further north than you might think

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A pithy history of the word orange

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Peter Trudgill: Eureka moment in study of language

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Peter Trudgill on greetings and eatings throughout Europe

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From denim to tweed, the fabrics named after places

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Do you speak saesneg? How about pelekani?

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This is why Paris is more like Hull than Troy

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A language known as “bad Hungarian” is severely endangered

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Could “Stay” have stuck better than “Remain” in last year’s referendum vote?

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If only English was as easy to read as other languages

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