The finger-flicking inverted commas motion has been hailed as the most irritating hand gesture.
The ‘speech marks’ action, created by curling the index and middle finger of both hands to emphasise a word with a hint of irony, beat the ‘talk to the hand’ gesture as the most aggravating part of our daily communication.
Other non-obscene gestures guaranteed to make the blood boil include the finger to the nose depicting ‘none of [...]
The future of written English will owe more to Hollywood films than Dickens or Shakespeare, if the findings of a study into children’s writing are anything to go by.
The analysis of 74,000 short stories found that their written work was littered with Americanisms, exclamation marks and references to celebrities.
Researchers who looked at the entries to a national competition found they were increasingly using American words such as garbage, trash can, [...]