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# language - Sunday 23 March, 2014

Column: Why do British and American attitudes to dictionaries differ?

There may be a story to tell about social class and dictionaries in the two countries, with the American publishers marketing to the aspirational, and the British ones to the arrived, writes Lynne Murphy.

# language - Friday 14 March, 2014

From The Daily Edge 11 surefire ways to confuse tourists this weekend Savage

# language - Tuesday 4 March, 2014

Column: Are Gaeilgeoirí being oppressed?

A debate has been ongoing about what place the Irish language has in our society. As someone who speaks Irish, I know how hurtful stereotypes about speakers are, writes Maitiú de Hál.

Teenagers to tell politicians what they think about same-sex marriage… as Gaeilge

The second-level students will also discuss global and warming employment matters with the politicians.

# language - Monday 3 March, 2014

From The Daily Edge Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh delivered the biggest TMI you'll read today Tmi Tmi Tmi

# language - Saturday 1 March, 2014

Dia duit: Seachtain na Gaeilge launches today

The Irish language festival runs until 17 March.

# language - Sunday 23 February, 2014

Ó Cuirreáin has formally stepped down as Irish Language Commissioner

RTÉ journalist Rónán Ó Domhnaill will take on the role from tomorrow.

# language - Saturday 22 February, 2014

Column: Why bother learning Irish?

There is enormous negativity about the Irish language, especially in official circles. But it’s part of who we are and we must fight for its survival, writes Rónán Ó Muirthile.

# language - Tuesday 18 February, 2014

Column: I need my daughter to know I didn't sit back and watch our language die

I took my daughter on her first trip to Dublin on Saturday to participate in the demonstration for Irish language rights. I need her understand her national identity, writes Deirdre Nic Gabhann.

# language - Friday 14 February, 2014

Column: The Government’s attitude to the Irish language is a total sham

It’s bad for democracy when Government picks and chooses what legislation to implement and when they censor and undermine anyone who has an opposing view to them, writes Daithí de Buitléir.

# language - Friday 7 February, 2014

Gaps in HSE supports putting futures of children with speech problems at risk

Figures released this week reveal there are eleven HSE areas that have no early intervention teams at all.

# language - Wednesday 8 January, 2014

From The Daily Edge 13 of the English language's most delightful collective nouns Superfluity Of Nuns

# language - Wednesday 1 January, 2014

Open thread: What are your new year's resolutions for 2014?

Will it be one of the classics or have you got something more unusual planned for next year?

# language - Saturday 14 December, 2013

# language - Saturday 7 December, 2013

Poll: Should we do more to promote the Irish language? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should we do more to promote the Irish language?

One commentator has suggested we either go full Irish or drop the language altogether. Do you think we should do more to encourage use of Gaeilge?

Aaron McKenna: Drop Irish or go full native – it's time to decide

The Irish language is either a waste of scarce public money, or it is a national treasure that we must make it our mission to revive into daily use. Either way, it’s time to get off the fence.

# language - Wednesday 4 December, 2013

Language Commissioner quits, tells TDs Irish is being marginalised

Seán Ó’Cuirreáin was appointed to the role to monitor how public bodies were increasing the quantity of services provided through Irish.

# language - Sunday 1 December, 2013

From The Daily Edge 8 words that have lost all meaning in modern life

# language - Thursday 31 October, 2013

Abolition of points system means there won't be enough Irish speaking civil servants, claims group

The government is abolishing a scheme that gave bonus marks to people sitting civil service entrance exams if they speak Irish.

Poll: Should civil servants get bonus points for speaking Irish? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should civil servants get bonus points for speaking Irish?

The Government says the bonus points system hasn’t worked, but Irish groups says it is yet another blow to the language. What do you think?

# language - Monday 21 October, 2013

From The Daily Edge 11 newly-invented words that perfectly describe everyday situations Words For That

11 newly-invented words that perfectly describe everyday situations

We need these words in our lives.

# language - Thursday 3 October, 2013

Massive Facebook study reveals what your status updates say about you

The research found that participants with the most emotional stability refer to sports much more in their updates.

# language - Sunday 22 September, 2013

VIDEOS: Learn how to order a pint using Irish Sign Language

Do you know how to say ‘hello’ or ‘thank you’ using ISL? We’re feeling generous today so we’ll teach you those as well.

# language - Saturday 21 September, 2013

Column: Strong language – can we ever 'reclaim' slurs and terms of abuse?

After Tottenham fans were cautioned over the use of their traditional ‘yid army’ chant, Christie Louise Tucker writes that we are constantly renegotiating the use of language in our ever-evolving society.

# language - Tuesday 10 September, 2013

9 distinctly Irish terms of abuse

Do you recognise any of these words? Well then you might just be a feckin’ langer.

# language - Wednesday 28 August, 2013

From The Daily Edge 12 words that should be banned from all social networks Rage

12 words that should be banned from all social networks

OK, a couple of them are actually phrases.

Omnishambles, twerk and dad dancing make the Oxford dictionary

They join fauxhawk, FOMO and emoji as new words in the online dictionary.

# language - Monday 12 August, 2013

From The Daily Edge 14 ways Irish people have made English their own Come Here To Me

14 ways Irish people have made English their own

It’s probably a complete wreck-the-head for English speaking visitors.

# language - Friday 2 August, 2013

From The Daily Edge 13 useful phrases you'll only hear in Ireland Phrasebook

13 useful phrases you'll only hear in Ireland

Handy for the visitor and local alike.

# language - Monday 22 July, 2013

Study finds dolphins use names to call each other

Each dolphin creates its own signature whistle in the first few months of life and then swims around announcing themselves so others learn it.

# language - Sunday 14 July, 2013

Column: Yola and Fingalian – the forgotten ancient English dialects of Ireland

Yola was a fascinating mediaeval English dialect only spoken in Wexford which, along with Fingallian in Co Dublin, demonstrates the rich, multicultural society that was ancient Ireland, writes Damian Shiels.

# language - Sunday 19 May, 2013

Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads

The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.

# language - Monday 13 May, 2013

# language - Tuesday 19 March, 2013

Column: Gaeilge is a part of our culture – how it's taught matters

The poetry, prose and history of the Irish language should be taken out of the current course and put into a separate, optional subject for advanced students – while “Irish Language” should be taught to every student as a core subject, writes Aodhán Ó Deá.

# language - Sunday 17 March, 2013

Column: 10 ways my American English is fighting Hiberno English for survival

‘Craic’, ‘hoover’, ‘press’ – just some unique words Irish people have made their own. But if you are not a native to Ireland do these words make any sense and would you use them? Larry Donnelly compares his American English to Hiberno English in a word-off.

# language - Saturday 16 March, 2013

Popes, parades and Gay Mitchell : The week in numbers

How long is the Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin? And how many years has it been since there was a pope from outside Europe?

# language - Tuesday 29 January, 2013

Rith races ahead to give €15,000 funding to Irish language projects

The funding comes from money raised during the Rith relay event last year.

# language - Sunday 13 January, 2013

Tongue tied? Problems English speakers have when learning new languages

Did you vow to learn a new language this year? Good for you – don’t be put off by some of these common stumbling blocks for native English speakers…

# language - Friday 28 December, 2012

Burma to allow daily private newspapers

It will be the first time since 1964 that non-state media will be allowed to publish news in the country.

# language - Wednesday 21 November, 2012

Vatican launches new Latin-teaching academy... with a tweet

Cardinal who heads up the academy is an avid tweeter and promoted his new project by tweeting in Latin.