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English has some funny words, and science has rated them

Upchuck, bubby, boff, wriggly, yaps, giggle, cooch, guffaw, puffball, and jiggly. some of the words rated as among the funniest What makes a word funny? Well, its form partly, partly what it means, and partly the image it implies among» 

Arts and Entertainment, Society

English and French minority schools get funds for cultural activities

The government of Canada has many projects to promote the country’s two official languages, English and French. As part of that it will provide up to $7.5 million starting in 2019-20 for cultural activities in schools where the language is» 

Society

Oldest English book in Canada proudly displayed

The University of Toronto is celebrating the acquisition of what is thought to be the oldest English-language book in Canada. The book, referred to as the Caxton Cicero, was printed in 1481 and is the library’s 15 millionth item. The» 

Society

Outrage in Canada over pronunciation of names at Olympics

The uproar over the pronunciation of the names of some of Canada’s hockey players at the Olympics speaks volumes about English French language tensions in this country. High-level politicians expressed outrage that a play-by-play announcer was told that some of» 

Society

Cultural divide in Canadian broadcasting: F-word OK in French

Complaint about the F-word on French media denied  (! Warning STORY CONTAINS CONTROVERSIAL LANGUAGE) It’s the “F-word”. It’s been feared by broadcasters and print media since, well, forever. At least in English. Though standards have relaxed and it does on» 

Arts and Entertainment, Society

Documentary: Quebec- My Country/Mon Pays

It’s perhaps hard for those in countries outside Canada to understand why a significant segment of the population in the mainly French-speaking province of Quebec want the province to become its own sovereign nation. It’s actually hard for most Canadians» 

Politics, Society

Language watchdog to investigate complaints about leader

Canada’s commissioner of official languages will investigate thirteen complaints against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau because he answered English questions in French only at a town hall meeting in the province of Quebec. By law, the official languages of Canada are English» 

Politics, Society

School to close after community-funded renovation

Some schools in Canada are so underfunded that parents, students and communities hold fund-raisers and/or execute work themselves to renovate facilities. In other cases, governments offer money for upgrades on condition the schools raise funds and contribute as well. Such» 

Society

Canada language tensions- east and west

Quebec French- English, and British Coiumbia English-Chinese In the mainly French-speaking province of Quebec, yet another language complaint against use of English has cropped up. This time involving a small free bi-weekly newspaper in western Quebec. The municipality of Pontiac»