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Welcome to The English Project
The English Project promotes awareness and understanding of the unfolding global story of the English language in all its varieties – past, present and future. We try to present ideas about English in an intelligent, entertaining, inclusive and interactive way. Our hope is that a greater understanding and enjoyment of English can enrich people’s lives and enable them to make more of the exceptional cultural and communications phenomenon which English has become. We intend to reach a broadly-based audience, globally, socially, ethnically and by age amongst English’s two billion speakers worldwide (that's as a first or second language).
Punctuation Mark of the Month
In 1936, Oxford’s A.B.C. of English Usage called quotation marks ‘an unnecessary puzzle to the writer and an eyesore to the reader’. The Bible did without them, and, looking at a passage from Kings in which Obadiah speaks with the Lord, the A.B.C. said it would be ‘an instructive and melancholy exercise to insert the inverted commas modern practice would demand’. The A.B.C. called quotation marks ‘inverted commas’ because that was their older name and because not everything that appears in quotation marks is ... Read more