Pun Intended Part III

The pun, also called paronomasia, is a form of word play which suggests two or more meanings, by exploiting multiple meanings of words, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect. These ambiguities can arise from the intentional use and abuse of homophonic, homographic, metonymic, or metaphorical language. A pun differs from a malapropism in that a malapropism uses an incorrect expression that alludes to another (usually… Read More

Language of the New Generation: Human Resources Acronyms

It is clear that the youngest generation entering the workforce has different communication experiences, and companies are beginning to see the results incorporated into work-related communication methods. The newest generation, also known as (AKA) millenials, has always had access to a cellular phone, an internet connection, and digital music using an MP3 player. Text messaging… Read More

Origin of the word “OK”

There have been numerous attempts to explain the emergence of this expression, which seems to have swept into popular use in the US during the mid-19th century. Most of them are pure speculation. It does not seem at all likely, from the linguistic and historical evidence, that it comes from the Scots expression och aye, the Greek ola kala (‘it is good’), the Choctaw… Read More

Hold Your Horses (new: audio included!)

BBC Learning English is an excellent tool to improve your English skills. Transcript William: Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. My name is William Kremer. Li: And I’m Li. William, what’s our phrase today? William: Well, hold on a second Li, let me just play you – Li: No, come on, tell me… Read More