groom [ɡruːm]
to brush and clean the fur or skin of an animal (also reflexive);
to make (sb; sth) neat or attractive;
to be groomed for to prepare someone carefully for a position, job, a particular purpose or activity;
groomed appearing tidy and neat

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meta/phr(eɪ) Weekly (hebdomadal! – rare) Digest

La nostra “Weekly” forse dovrebbe chiamarsi “Random“, vista la frequenza con cui pubblichiamo le nostre perle di linguistica… Anyway(s), speriamo che gradiate la raccolta, nonostante tutto!

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Twitter and the Oxford English Dictionary

Although Twitter (maximum 140 characters) and the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) (over 350 million characters) may seem like strange bedfellows, the former has recently become an integral part of the latter: for the first time, the OED has included individual Twitter posts as part of its quotation evidence.

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BBC News style guide now globally available

I do enjoy a good style guide: browsing the alphabetical entries, reading the general advice sections, learning how organisations handle sensitive subjects, and seeing how different publishers treat the same material. What usage fiend doesn’t find this stuff fascinating?
So I was very happy to learn today that the BBC News style guide is now fully and freely available online. It went public about a year ago but didn’t appear to be accessible outside the UK, except for a PDF which, though generally excellent, dates to March 2003.

BBC Style Guide

Audiences expect the BBC to demonstrate the highest standards of English because well-written stories are easier to understand. This section of the College of Journalism website is the current style guide for all BBC News output. Although it is only a guide for journalists, it details many of the rules of spelling, punctuation and grammar. It also covers accuracy, fairness and impartiality. The Oxford English Dictionary is otherwise the preferred reference.

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meta/phr(eɪ) at the MateCAT Translation World Cup 2014

In pieno spirito “mondiale”, anche a meta/phr(eɪ) è venuta la febbre della competizione!
Niente calcio, però, siamo Traduttori (tra le altre cose)!

Si è appena conclusa la MateCAT Translation World Cup 2014, e questo post vuole rappresentare un ringraziamento per tutti coloro che hanno supportato (e votato, condividendo i nostri sforzi tramite i loro profili sui social network) la nostra partecipazione a questa iniziativa!

Grazie a tutti, di cuore!

Ah, che dite? Volete sapere com’è andata? Eccovi accontentati:
Ci siamo classificati alla posizione numero 151 (su 1440 partecipanti a livello mondiale), mentre nella classifica relativa alla sola lingua italiana abbiamo conquistato un dignitoso ventinovesimo posto! Poteva andare peggio!

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meta/phr(eɪ) Weekly Digest

Our Weekly Digest is back!

Torna la nostra selezione settimanale di interessanti letture, come sempre tenuta insieme da un comune denominatore: la curiosità sull’uso e sull’evoluzione della lingua inglese.

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Buona lettura!/Happy reading!

A Sample of New Dictionary Words for 2014?

Hashtag, selfie, and tweep join over 150 new words and definitions added to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary in 2014, available now in print and online at These new additions to America’s best-selling dictionary reflect the growing influence technology is having on human endeavor, especially social networking, once done mostly in person.

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Via Merriam-Webster online

How many is a billion?

In British English, a billion used to be equivalent to a million million (i.e. 1,000,000,000,000), while in American English it has always equated to a thousand million (i.e. 1,000,000,000). British English has now adopted the American figure, though, so that a billion equals a thousand million in both varieties of English.

more here
Via Oxford Dictionaries


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