The surprising effect 9/11 had on the English language

2019-09-11 17:44

The phrase "9/11" caught the attention of linguists and changed the way we talk about terrorist attacks. Linguists have noted how the name people assigned to the attacks, "9/11," is now a blueprint for naming other terrorist incidents around the world.

10 words you probably didn't know were acronyms

2019-08-11 16:37

We use acronyms all the time, and in some cases, we don't even realize we're using them. You may not know, for example, that Taser stands for "Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle." Other examples include "radar" and "snafu."

South African education is appalling but there are answers

2019-07-21 08:00

I have yet to meet a teacher who was not excited at the prospect of having their learners do well. We have the resources, so why not initiate an plan with teachers relieved of their duties for one year to improve their education, writes Anita Worrall.

These are the 10 most confusing words in the English language

2019-04-14 16:23

The most-looked up words in the Merriam-Webster's dictionary give us a peek into the most confusing words in the English language.

5 things you need to know in SA business today and 22 unbelievable words actually added to the dictionary

2019-04-11 06:30

The rand is trading on the right side of R14 for the first time since February.

Speaking out: Modjadji royal family calls for Khelobedu to be SA's 12th official language

2019-02-01 07:11

The call for Khelobedu to be made the 12th official language of South Africa has resurfaced.

PETA tweeted a chart showing how to stop using 'anti-animal' language, and Twitter is going wild

2018-12-05 15:57

The chart advises replacing 'kill two birds with one stone' with 'feed two birds with one scone,' but people have not taken kindly to the suggestion.


2018-11-21 12:30

Actress Ayanda Borotho may be an elegant modern woman, but she is still very much in touch with her culture.

The rainbow nation 2.0

2018-09-23 11:59

In 2018 employing two languages interchangeably in conversation is common practice, at least for most South African millennials I know. This phenomenon is referred to as code-mixing or code-switching, writes Lerato Sibanda.


15 mind-bending words that have 2 completely opposite meanings

2019-09-08 12:21

A "contronym" is a word that has two opposite meanings, and the English language is full of them. Here are 15 common words that can mean two completely different things.

A new app is helping kids learn isiZulu - by making animals come to life

Mukundi Lambani wants to make learning African languages fun.

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The science is clear about 'mother-tongue' education. So why are we attacking it?

2019-05-26 09:00

A new assault on the use of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction for children who speak Afrikaans at home, serves to diminish the opportunities for all children to learn through a language that they know best, writes Kathleen Heugh.

The first thing you should do when you start a crossword puzzle

2019-02-24 18:01

Crossword experts recommend some basic strategies if you're trying to get your puzzle-solving skills off the ground.

Tito Mboweni: We will regret phasing out Afrikaans at Tuks

2019-01-25 08:44

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has come out against the decision by the University of Pretoria to phase out Afrikaans as a medium of instruction.

"We’re madly in love thanks to Google Translate"

2019-01-13 15:22

A couple who fell in love despite not being able to speak each other’s languages have thanked Google Translate for their blossoming romance.

"If it wasn't for my dad teaching me how to read and write in isiZulu, I would only be fluent in English"

2018-11-23 11:36

English IS numbing my mother tongue and I find myself having to constantly resuscitate it to keep my identity intact.

Tito Mboweni spoke English on a Xitsonga radio station – and now he may leave Twitter

2018-09-19 13:37

The former Reserve Bank governor is taking a lot of heat for not using his native language on air.

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