Nigerian pidgin use ruffles purists' feathers

Jan 19, 2014

Nigerian pidgin use ruffles purists' feathers

The chatter is fast-paced and the laughter infectious in the studios of the Lagos radio station Wazobia FM. Programs at the station are broadcast only in pidgin — the English-based patois that is fast becoming Nigeria’s lingua franca. In a country of 170 million, ...

French trains offer English lessons to busy commuters

Nov 23, 2013

French trains offer English lessons to busy commuters

“Welcome aboard, ready for the lesson?” the teacher asks three passengers sitting down to their English class in one of the carriages of the 7:43 a.m. commuter train to Paris. It is not your usual classroom inside this train making the 45-minute trip from ...

Nov 22, 2013

Honda makes English official language for global talks

Honda Motor Co. made English the official language for global meetings as the carmaker shifts decision-making power to regional units. Chief Executive Officer Takanobu Ito informed global employees of the change in April, John Mendel, executive vice president of the Tokyo-based company’s U.S. sales ...

'Selfie' edges 'twerk' for word of year

Nov 19, 2013

'Selfie' edges 'twerk' for word of year

“Selfie” is the 2013 word of the year, Oxford Dictionaries announced Tuesday, edging out stiff competition from “twerk.” Usage of the word has increased 17,000 percent over the past 12 months, said Oxford Dictionaries, which publishes the mammoth Oxford English Dictionary (OED), styled as ...