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Introducing Language in Use: a Coursebook

Fun with Language

Old Words, New Meanings

On BBC Radio 4, there is a very popular panel game programme called ‘I'm sorry, I haven't a clue’. One of the games in this programme involves asking the panellists to invent new meanings for old words. This game has been very successful and some of the contributions to the radio show have been published in The Uxbridge Dictionary of English.

You could try this game with linguistic jargon. For example:

Now see what you could make of:

Of course, this is really only any fun if you know the linguistic meaning of the word in the first place.

Linguistic points for consideration: