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What's your English? 2011

In 2010 we toured the world of Englishes, country by country, accent by accent, loan word by … you get the picture … the 2011 'What's your English?' question changed focus to look at English in context.

We asked: What's your English in context, style, type? What's your romantic English, business English, political and environmentally-correct English? How does your English change when you're celebrating; when you're talking to men or women; when you're on– or offline?

So we toured the world a second time, using a different kind of map:

February was dedicated to romantic English and we had great discussion of the language of lovers, chat-up lines and much more.

March was the month of sporting English and included informative and entertaining blog posts on sporting vocabulary, idioms and clichés.

In April, we explored metaphorical English and what a month it was! We had some fantastic guest posts from experts in the field and great feedback too.

May was all about aspects of business English and the learning and teaching of business English.

In June, the topic of discussion was green English, with useful teaching tips for the English language classroom.

During the month of July we focussed on small talk in English. Guest posts covered a range of topics: from the art of small talk to Irish stereotypes.

In August, we were exploring gender English, with posts on pronouns, Twitter, dictionaries and political correctness.

September was dedicated to online English. Topics discussed were: iTrends, the language of blogging, the resurgence of the exclamation mark, and the Internet and language change.

In October, we turned out attention to subcultures and sublanguages, with posts exploring street slang, thieves' cant, hippie-speak, rap English, dance music, and the language of theatre and acting.

November was the month of class English with posts covering a range of topics: from RP, through standard English to class, variety and accent.

In December we put the spotlight on plain English. And we finished the year with a competition: The Macmillan Dictionary Love English Awards. We asked you to tell us which website and which blog deserved a community-chosen award for being the best blog or best website about the English language in 2011? It was a fantastic success!

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a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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