Aug 12th 2012

Will he? Lexical ambiguity is fun!

We love those sentences that trigger a first response of “wait, what??”

So Let’s try and figure this one out:

Will Will [a person] will [bequeath] the will [a document] to Will [a second person]?

Now we just need to wait for Will!

Have a great Sunday everyone!

The Ginger Team

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Aug 8th 2012

Word Wednesday: English language fun facts!

We’ve combined some English fun facts that have nothing to do with any rules of grammar, or spelling. We hope you may find them interesting and entertaining!

1. There was no punctuation until the 15th century!

2. In England, in the 1880s, ‘pants’ was a dirty word.

3. ‘Town’ is the oldest word in the English language.

4. The shortest complete sentence in the English language is “I am”.

5. The word ‘four’ is the only number which has the same number of letters as its value.

6. E is the most used letter while Q is the least used of all the letters in the English alphabet.

7. There are no words that rhyme with ’month’, ‘orange’, ‘silver’ and ‘purple’.

8. “Underground” is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters “und.

9. To “testify” was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing on their testicles.

 

Read more here & here!

The Ginger Team

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Aug 7th 2012

Introducing Our New Ginger Video!

Great news everyone!

Ginger is proud to present our new video, We hope you’ll enjoy this new video and help us spread the word to your family and friends!

With great pleasure,

The Ginger Team

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Aug 6th 2012

Avoid embarrassing mistakes – the Olympics version

An Australian newspaper had one really embarrassing mistake, calling the North “Naughty Korea” and the South “Nice Korea” in their medal count.

Though the Olympics provide many remembered moments, this one was not something we expected!

Hoping you all avoid these embarrassing mistakes =)

The Ginger Team

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Aug 5th 2012

Has texting destroyed our kids’ grammar?

Kids today are writing text messages that sounds like a different language to us adults.
In order to save characters & time while texting, they shorten the words to a bunch of letters, numbers and icons, each of them represent a different word. This new way of communication starts to affect the way kids write in school, according to a new study conducted by Drew Cingel of Wake Forest University and  S. Shyam Sundar of Penn State University

According to this study, published in Techcrunch, the use of these texting shortcuts is altering the kids’ ability to identify and use correct grammar, and not for the best. The more texts 10-to-14-year-olds send, the worse their grammar performance. Moreover, these students begin to see their textual adaptations as normal. This creates a problem switching back to a more formal way of writing.

Although some would argue that this generation of texting kids are doomed, there is a contradictory research. Also published in Techcrunch, researchers Clare Wood and David Crystal found the cognitive muscle flexed while decoding text messages unwittingly help students think about the properties of language. In other words, texting abbreviations can improve both spelling and reading proficiency.

The research itself: http://nms.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/05/10/1461444812442927

What do you think?

The Ginger Team

 

 

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