Our annual theme this year is Lingoes. A lingo can be a foreign language. We might tell someone to learn the lingo first if they are going to live in Spain, but a lingo can also be a special version of the English language. And English has a thousand lingoes, aka jargons, slangs, argots. The English Project plans to explore one of these a month in 2019. And don't miss our English Language Day events in October!
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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).
February: Prison Patter
Prison is a rich place for talk. Randy Kearse, an American convict, spent nine years in prison compiling a dictionary that he called Street Slang. He planned to collect 1001 terms, and he ended up with 10,000. That’s a lot, but they say that there are now a million words in the English language. Many thousands of them are slang. Randy Hearse was not making a dictionary of prison patter exclusively, but prison is a good place, he says, to collect words. ‘Guys have nothing but time on their hands in prison. So being able to talk witty, being able to talk slick, really highlights you as an individual.’ ... READ MORE IN FEBRUARY