Townsend To Speak: World English Symposium

April 8, 2022

Bermuda College English advisor/tutor in the Centre for Learning and Academic Success Yesha Townsend will “highlight the importance of heritage and identity in the Bermudian colloquial language and dialect” in a keynote address at the Oxford English Dictionary’s World English Symposium in the UK.

Ms. Townsend  —  who will be speaking on the second day of the symposium, April 13 — was recommended for this unique opportunity by Bermudian academic and researcher Dr. Rosemary Hall.

Last year, some ‘Bermudian English’ words were added to the Oxford English Dictionary [OED] – which dates back to the 1800s – making Bermudian English the “smallest national variety” to be represented.

 The new words included Gombey, aceboy, acegirl, greeze, chopse and mug, with the word onion also receiving a new description as being a “native or inhabitant of Bermuda.”

Yesha Townsend Bermuda April 2022

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  1. Bermudian Poet says:

    Yessiiiiii Yesha!!!!!

  2. Mary says:

    So proud of you

  3. CvCafe says:

    Proud of you girl!!!

  4. Nicky (Dominique) Gurret says:

    Yesha you are awesome! Congratulations!

  5. Rosemary Hall says:

    You can register for all events at the Symposium – including Ms Townsend’s keynote address – via the Oxford University Website ( Attendance is free.