Hello, hygge – welcome to English!

Exciting news for all fans of hygge! I was delighted to discover this morning that ‘hygge’ has now officially been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. So, this ‘untranslatable’ word which kind of means ‘cosiness, togetherness, a feeling of warmth and belonging’, now exists in the English language! As a Linguistics graduate, I know that…

Congraduations!

So, yesterday was what some people would consider ‘the big day’ of a degree – graduation! It was a surprisingly long and tiring day considering it was mostly sitting around, clapping and throwing hats and looking joyous. Mostly I was excited to see everyone again. Graduating felt a little bit irrelevant in a way. Lectures…

School’s out forever

Hello, SO, my time at university is over. There is nothing more I can do. I’m fairly certain about the degree classification I’ll be receiving, blighted by two years of diabolical Syntax results dragging everything else down, but I’m happy with it. The final presentations took place yesterday, including mine. I HATE public speaking, so…

A way with words: What is Linguistics?

Hello! As a Linguistics student, I get asked two questions: “What IS Linguistics?” “How many languages do you speak?”  To answer the latter: I only speak English, and GCSE-level French, which I would like to develop if I had the time. I would also like to learn Icelandic and Norwegian, but let’s face it: when…