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17 Guaranteed Ways To Annoy An English Language & Linguistics Student

Eng Lang and Lx students are usually pretty easy going. But there are some things they just can’t tolerate.

1. Ask them how many languages they speak.

2. And then, when they say “no, it’s not like that,” look really disappointed.

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3. Say things like: “But can’t you already speak English?”

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4. And: “Oh yeah I studied that at A-level, hated it.”

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5. Hear them complain about Syntax Trees and Morphology and then say: “I dunno, sounds really simple to me.” 

6. Make sure you involve them in every grammar debate you ever have.

They never get tired of it. Ever.

7. Put them on the spot by asking them to identify someone’s accent to the nearest 5km.

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8. And when they can’t, look really disappointed again.

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9. Call people who use txt speak stupid.

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10. When they use the word “contraction”, say: “like when a woman is in labour?”

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11. Call them out on their “incorrect” use of a word or grammar.

12. Assume they’re talking about beer when they mention IPA.

13. And look distinctly unimpressed by the fact that they’ve memorised a whole new alphabet.

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14. Laugh at them when they’re doing phonetics revision and need to make sounds.

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15. If you studied grammar at school, tell them you’ve practically done their degree already.

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16. Make them text you about everything they’re doing then laugh at the autocorrects.

17. And ask them why they didn’t just do their dissertation on emojis.

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