In this Issue
Letters to the Editor
Write to Us
Spread the Word
Back Issues

Talking Nonsense:
old-fashioned terms
for nonsense in English

What we talk about
when we talk about
words and language

Focus on Language

Spoken discourse

Discourse markers
er, erm and OK
UK version  US version

New word of the month
Extreme sports
of the noughties

Top Tips for the CD-ROMs
Celebrating with
the CD-ROMs


In this Issue

Welcome to the March 2004 issue of MED Magazine, the webzine of the Macmillan English Dictionaries resource site!

On 4 March 2004 the Macmillan English Dictionary and multimedia package, including MED Magazine, won the prestigious British Council Innovation Award.

To mark the success of MED and its electronic components in the regular top tips column we take a look at vocabulary relating to celebrations. Read this article to find out how you can make use of the CD-ROMs for extending vocabulary and practising essential dictionary skills.

In this issue we continue the series on metaphorical language in English by looking at metaphors we use when we talk about words and language.

The feature article this month explores the origins of some old-fashioned words that describe nonsense.

In the new word of the month column you can read about some of the most recent extreme sports invented for thrill-seekers of the 21st century.

The Language Awareness article takes a look at two more discourse markers frequently heard in conversation: er/erm and OK.

If you would like to learn more about a certain topic, or read more by the same author, you can find what you are looking for on the index page. You can also look at the covers of the back issues of MED Magazine.

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Kati Sule