When I first came to the United States, during freshman orientation, several people were surprised to learn that I’m trilingual. I’m fluent in English (of course) and Hindi, the national (though not official) language of India. Additionally, my mother tongue is Marathi, the primary language in the state of Maharashtra. Although I was born in […]

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Twins are portrayed in books, films and TV shows as clones. They finish each other’s sentences, act and dress the same and in some cases look the same. But these stereotypes are more myth than fact when it comes to my relationship with my twin brother, Andrew. When you first see me and Andrew, you […]

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I’m studying English here at Boston University. I do realize that is subject to change, but I doubt it actually will. Reading and writing compose two flames in my heart that have never dwindled, and English-related things have always come naturally to me. Just because I’m confident in my abilities as a reader and writer […]

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One day, I came across an article titled “Are my jumpers bobbly?” and was taken aback. My British teacher laughed when I told her that I didn’t fully get what it meant, and then she proceeded to explain that it meant, “are my sweaters pilling?” That slight hesitation is an example of how British English […]

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Hottest import of 2015? The hashtag. Back in 2013, the French Ministry of Culture banned the use of the English word “hashtag” in French media and culture. The Académie Française, the French government’s institution charged with preserving the French language and classic culture, instead commissioned the word “mot-dièse” to represent the # symbol. Words like […]

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By Ann Singer, Staff Writer @annmsinger Language is always evolving, accommodating for changes in culture and behavior. Ridiculous at first, new words seem to pop up every week, creeping their way into our daily vernacular. Yet it isn’t until a word is officially entered into a dictionary that the word is deemed acceptable for formal […]

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