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Over the last couple of years we toured the world of Englishes many times over. In 2010, country by country, accent by accent, loan word by … you get the picture. In 2011, our enquiries changed focus to look at English in context: what language do we use in business, in a romantic situation, or online, and in other contexts?
2013 brings another change of focus to Macmillan Dictionary. The It's your English! 2013 campaign promotes easy accessibility and interactive learning for everyone. Macmillan Dictionary offers fantastic free tools such as interactive language games and widgets for browsers and websites.
In our 'Stories behind Words' series, over on Macmillan Dictionary Blog, regular and new contributors have shared their stories throughout the year about words (or phrases) which have had an impact on their lives.
First in a short series of stories about words you often hear around Christmas – carol:
Carols are such an intrinsic part of the British Christmas that people who don't set foot in a church from one year's end to the next make an exception for the Christmas Eve festival of lessons and carols. Most schools put on some form of festive celebration which includes the singing of 'Away in a Manger', 'While Shepherds Watched', 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing' and other favourites. And although communal carol singing is less popular than it used to be, it still takes place in the run-up to Christmas in public spaces across the country. … read more
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