Sexism and the implicature of comparisons

I recently came across the School Magazine published in my final year at a girls’ grammar school in Leeds in the early 1970s. In it was an advertisement from a well-known high street bank that encouraged girls to apply for jobs there. One of the advertised advantages of working for the bank was that the … Continue reading “Sexism and the implicature of comparisons”

Brexit: coining a noun to help a campaign

According to Prime Minister Theresa May, ‘Brexit means Brexit’. But what does ‘Brexit’ mean? Or, more properly, how did coining the new word ‘Brexit’ help the ‘leave’ campaign? The questions in the EU referendum were posed around verbs: Do you want the United Kingdom to remain part of the European Union? and Do you want … Continue reading “Brexit: coining a noun to help a campaign”