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Legault and Trudeau chat after announcing high speed internet for Quebec regions on March 22, 2021, in Trois-Rivieres, Que. (Jacques Boissinot/CP)

A sneak attack on language rights

Tom Mulcair: Bill 96 deserves much more than nodding approval of leaders in Ottawa. Failure to defend rights comes at a cost to our unity and well-being as a country.
People sit outdoors for drinks under a clear plastic structure on The Danforth in Toronto on Oct. 31, 2020, as the city navigates a modified Stage 2 amid the ongoing COVD-19 pandemic. (Rachel Verbin/CP)

’Who are you bubbling with?’ How COVID-19 has changed language over the past year

From social distancing to variants of concern, pandemic-specific terms have become part of our everyday vernacular
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Tracking COVID-19’s evolving language, from ’self-isolation’ to ’social distancing’

The Oxford English Dictionary is adding pandemic-related terminology to its repositories of words, including a completely new word: COVID-19 itself.
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Jagmeet Singh’s secret weapon: The way he talks.

The NDP leader switches seamlessly from formality to so-called ’multicultural Toronto English,’ sounding educated and down-to-earth at the same time
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Bonjour! Hi! Let us discuss language politics

Paul Wells on the Quebec National Assembly’s farcical motion about how merchants should greet their customers
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A dictionary editor’s concession: Language is ’really squishy’

A Q&A with Kory Stamper, an editor at Merriam-Webster and author of ’Word By Word,’ on profanity, and the politics of language
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How to preserve Indigenous languages for the next generation

William and Kate will see the latest tool in an Indigenous linguistic arsenal in Whitehorse
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’Have we met?’: Sperm whales can talk, and even have dialects

From 2016: Research reveals an unprecedented view into the social lives of these ocean mammals, who can use ’vocal clans’ to distinguish themselves
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The problem with ’Problematic’

One word’s meteoric journey from academic jargon to mainstream language to over-used cliché.
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The flap over the fluency gap

As schools turn to international students to fill chairs and coffers, concerns grow about English proficiency