Kara Mitchell (Colorado): English Is Not All That Matters in the Education of Secondary Multilingual Learners and Their Teachers. How we talk American: Simon Winchester on the making of the five-thousand-page, five-volume book, known formally as the Dictionary of American Regional English and colloquially just as DARE. A review of The Language Wars: A History of Proper English by Henry Hitchings (and more; and Hitchings debunks common myths about English, recommends the smartest writing about words, and says apostrophes are “orthographic squiggles” not worth fighting for). A look at how the hashtag is ruining the English language. Anatoly Liberman on the oddest English spellings, part 20. A look at 7 ridiculous origins of everyday words. A look at how English literature has come to dominate the world. Oh, to be bilingual in the Anglosphere: The dominance of English as the global language is a mixed blessing, as native speakers often lose the brain benefits of a second language. English has been the dominant global language for a century, but is it the language of the future? Nicholas Ostler on his book The Last Lingua Franca: English Until the Return of Babel.