English http://nwpr.org en From Lunch (n.) To Balding (adj.), Some Words Are Just 'Bad English' http://nwpr.org/post/lunch-n-balding-adj-some-words-are-just-bad-english Ammon Shea, author of <a href="http://www.npr.org/books/titles/138016603/reading-the-oed-one-man-one-year-21-730-pages">Reading the OED</a>, has just come out with a new book about words — words like "dilapidated," "balding" and "lunch." Shea says those words were once frowned upon, as were more than 200 other words he has compiled.<p>His new book, <em>Bad English,</em> documents how the language has grown, embracing words and usages that various self-appointed linguistic police have declared contraband. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:36:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46937 at http://nwpr.org From Lunch (n.) To Balding (adj.), Some Words Are Just 'Bad English' Book News: Syd Field, Author Of Hollywood Classic 'Screenplay,' Dies http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-syd-field-author-hollywood-classic-screenplay-dies <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Syd Field, the teacher and author who wrote the book on screenwriting, died this weekend in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 77. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:13:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 37565 at http://nwpr.org Book News: Syd Field, Author Of Hollywood Classic 'Screenplay,' Dies English Manners Are Downright Medieval ('Sorry!' Was That Rude?) http://nwpr.org/post/english-manners-are-downright-medieval-sorry-was-rude From that very first time we're first scolded for putting our elbows on the table at great-aunt Millie's house, we're inducted into the world of manners. After that, it's a lifetime of "pleases" and "thank yous," and chewing with our mouths closed.<p>But where did all of this civility <em>come</em> from? We can't give <em>all</em> the credit (or blame) to the English, but the average Brit says "sorry" eight times per day, so it's a pretty good place to start.<p>In his new book, <em>Sorry! Sat, 09 Nov 2013 16:24:00 +0000 NPR Staff 37197 at http://nwpr.org English Manners Are Downright Medieval ('Sorry!' Was That Rude?) English Language Learners In Oregon Falling Short http://nwpr.org/post/english-language-learners-oregon-falling-short <p></p><p>Oregon's programs for students learning to speak English are falling short on all four federal benchmarks.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">At least 60 percent of Oregon's English language learners are supposed to advance one level per year. Only 45 percent advanced last year.</span> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 23:22:34 +0000 Rob Manning 33726 at http://nwpr.org English Language Learners In Oregon Falling Short Forest Service Ordered To Stop Using Border Patrol As Interpreters http://nwpr.org/post/forest-service-ordered-stop-using-border-patrol-interpreters The U.S. Forest Service can no longer use Border Patrol agents as interpreters. That’s according to an order from the federal agriculture department that was made public this week. <p> The issue stems from a case on the Olympic Peninsula near Forks last year. A Latino man and woman were picking salal … that’s shrub used in floral arrangements. <p> They were stopped by a Forest Service officer who said the couple did not have a permit to harvest salal. The man and woman were not native English speakers. The officer called in Border Patrol agents to interpret and for backup. Fri, 01 Jun 2012 13:32:39 +0000 Derek Wang 9275 at http://nwpr.org