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Michael Chabon to help judge Folio literary prize

A handful of writers from Britain, the United States, Australia and India will choose the first winner of the 40,000-pound ($60,000) Folio Prize for fiction, which hopes to rival the Booker as the English-speaking world's most prestigious literary award. Full story

Language authorities break rules, add 'tweet' to Oxford English Dictionary

Authorities on the English language — the folks behind the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), to be specific — have once again seen it fit to acknowledge the existence of some terms which techies have been mumbling (and typing) for years.Yes, that's right — you can finally talk about "big data," "crow Full story

Nerves, tears, song on stage in U.S. National Spelling Bee

OXON HILL, Maryland (Reuters) - The young contestants in the United States' Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday relied on coping strategies from prayer to song to cool their nerves as they tackled some of the more obscure words in the English language. Full story

‘The typewriter is not dead’

   Typewriters are experiencing a resurgence across the nation. Enthusiasts, such as English teacher Ryan Adney, are finding new ways to incorporate the old technology into the 21st Century. Adney and his students talk about the benefits of typewriters in the classroom.

Politifact, repeat offender against fact

   Rachel Maddow reminds viewers of the time she fired Politifact from the fact business after it abused the good name of fact checking with shoddy work.

Lenovo debunks RIM deal rumors, says CFO was just chatting

Lenovo turned a few heads last week when its CFO mentioned RIM as a possible acquisition target or partner, and with many eyes peering in its direction, the company's felt the need to clarify its relationship with the BlackBerry maker. An English-language statement -- courtesy of The Next Web -- sa Full story

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  Toure: Use the dictionary!

The Cycle host explains why “smoosh words” are wrecking the English language.

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