Best of the Web

From Americanisms expunging the Queen’s English to a retrospective of crude Mad Men ads from the 20th century, wherever you are this weekend don’t forget to read our weekly update of the best news stories circulating the internet. 

BBC Culture: How Americanisms are killing the English language

Notice that ‘z’ replacing ‘s’ in some words such as ‘civilisation’? According to Hephzibah Anderson we’re being inundated by American words daily —  a few hundred Americanisms a day to be precise! Researchers have found the word ‘awesome’ is used in conversation 72 times per million words while ‘marvellous’ is used just twice per million. But maybe you think this is all a load of rubbish…or is it trash?

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The Guardian: The worst of 20th century advertising — in pictures 

The glamorous Mad Men age of advertising isn’t all it’s cracked up to be according to The Guardian. This photo story looks at some of the most sexist, crudest and rudest adverts of the 20th century. It’s down to interpretation if you find some of these offensive or downright funny, but if these ads were in circulation today the phones would be ringing at the Advertising Standards Authority.

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Huck: Women are pioneering surfing in Iran and smashing outdated stereotypes 

This one’s from the archives but we still think it’s a pretty rad story. You wouldn’t necessarily imagine Iran as a surf spot, let alone a place where women are pioneering the sport. But, you would be wrong. Marion Poizeau teamed up with one of the world’s top female surfers, Easkey Britton, to make the documentary Into the Sea, which captures the surf culture gripping a small part of Iran’s female population. In this article Poizeau is interviewed on why she decided to make the film.

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Financial Times: Songs in the key of their times 

David Cheal engages in a reflective analysis of the history of songs and songwriting. It’s hard to imagine life without music but it’s impossible to tell exactly what form music may have taken thousands of years ago. Cheal discusses the progression of songwriting, from the days of chanting to the 1960s era of singer-songwriter, and now to the present day, where there could be more than four people writing one song for a musician (think Katy Perry.)

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