Around the web – April 2020

Just like last month, I’ve divided this round-up of April’s stories about language and translation into two sections: links that are either related or unrelated to COVID. Take your pick, or read both parts!


  • During lockdown you may find yourself at a loose end (if you’re in the UK) or at loose ends (if you’re in the US). Lynne Murphy took a closer look. She also examined how the expression “on the up-and-up” means different things in the two countries.

Are you at a loose end or at loose ends?

Things that don’t change? Leopards and their spots

Have you found your ‘power song’?


What has a hamster got to do with pandemic parlance?


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