The holiday Economist

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The holiday issue of the Economist has a number of feature articles, including two that are straightforwardly about language: on politeness in language and on "difficult languages", discussed briefly on my blog, here and here.

Commenter mollymooly noted that:

The Economist’s holiday features are the result of giving its journalists free rein to write about something they’re interested in and, one hopes, knowledgeable about. It’s a Christmas present for the staff as much as the readers.

What a nice idea. Ordinarily, writers would have to pitch stories to an editor, or would simply be assigned stories by an editor.

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