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
When punctuating, medieval monks were prone to use the same sign for different things and different signs for the same thing. In place of the punctuational dots that were in widespread use, some monks penned a slash, a mark they called a ‘virgula’, a twig. The slash served sometimes as a comma, sometimes as a colon, and ‘sometimes’, says Malcolm Beckwith Parkes ... Read more