To support our regular social media campaigns Usage Corner and Prism’s Authorisms, we’re discussing the most common subject of all our social media features: semantics.
Only last year, debates over the correctness or incorrectness of written language use made front page news.
Jacob Rees-Mogg’s style guide for his staff prompted more column inches than most linguists, grammarians or copy editors would have thought possible on such a dry topic. Including some from this commentator. Not all the opinions were complimentary.
And I don’t really like adding to the tally of column inches on JRM.
But the debate prompted me to revisit a visual tool I use in my shortcourse classes at City, University of London to try to help students conceptualise the idea of correctness.
When is it legitimate to challenge something on grounds that it’s incorrect? And when is it not?
I am delighted to use this blog post to introduce myself as a follow-up to our Prism-Clarity autumn newsletter. [If you haven’t signed up for our newsletter click the link here to find out more: you can subscribe at the bottom of the page.] Now feels like as good a time as any to write this blog. I have completed my three-month probation with Prism-Clarity and am looking to the future.
[Ada Amadi is a research funding officer working within higher education. She was a student on the City, University of London Writing for Business short course in October-December 2019. Ada wrote this blog as part of a homework/in-class exercise on that course.]
If headlines are to be believed we are currently in a climate emergency.
Rising temperatures, floods and potentially irreversible environmental damage are but a few of the known effects of climate change.
Climate change is the 13th UN sustainable development goal (SDG) and over the past year it has made regular headlines.
Developing countries, like those on the African continent, have been hit the hardest. Government policy makers agree that something needs to be done. Surely now is the time for us to act.