Office of the VP for Communications – Keeping alumni and friends connected to U-M
The words that make Michigan’s language distinct.
More words that give the state its particular flavor.
You can tell a “real” Michigander by how they pronounce place names like “Ypsilanti” and “Mackinac.”
Why a new dictionary matters more than you’d think.
How much should we fear a “scattering” of the English language?
In English, few synonyms mean exactly the same thing. These fine distinctions mean more fun for word lovers.
Our mother tongue is the world’s language. More people learn English than there are native speakers. So, is our language falling apart?
Blank spaces are just as important to language as letters, and a shifted space can create brand new words.
Native speakers are increasingly proud of the “fizzy Canadian cocktail” that is their language.