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In a Word, What it Means to be Lesbian

Bethany Grace Howe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Bethany Grace Howe

For some reason I'd always thought there was some kind of cultural divide within the LGBTQ community over the use of the words "gay" and "lesbian."

A Defining Moment in Health Care

Bob Tufts | Posted 08.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Bob Tufts

It is difficult enough for patients to cope with the shock of being told by a physician that they have a chronic disease. As laymen, it is also tough ...

14 Foods That Aren't What They Seem

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 04.09.2014 | Taste

You think you know, but you have no idea.

Bullying in the NFL? Why We Need To Differentiate Between Youth and Adult Bullying

Deborah Temkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Deborah Temkin

In order to effectively respond to and prevent bullying among youth and similar behaviors among adults we must not lump them all in the same pot.

Will 'Marriage' Be Re-Defined In The Oxford English Dictionary?

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

With same-sex marriage victories continuing to take place around the world, the Oxford English Dictionary is reportedly considering how to appropriate...

Flammable or Inflammable

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business
William B. Bradshaw

"Inactive" means not active; ""incapable" means not capable; "inseparable" means not separable; and on and on the examples go. It doesn't make sense that "inflammable" means flammable. But we need to keep in mind that it's not always easy to translate one language accurately into another.

Leave Your Title at the Door, Then Remove the Door From Its Hinges

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 06.25.2013 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

What new title do YOU want to see on your next business card? What name more creatively describes what you really do at work?

11 People You Don't Want To Be Friends With

Tim Lihoreau | Posted 07.20.2012 | Books
Tim Lihoreau

Perhaps we all have our own Schadenfreude palette (that is, the desire to gloat and find happiness in the misfortunes of others). Having thought about it, I instantly began to notice the said traits amongst friends, relatives and, indeed, total strangers. So I decided to collect them.

Love is... ?

Maytha Alhassen | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Maytha Alhassen

How can we hope to perfect that consummate selfishness to merge with "one" if we can't first practice that with other humans? Why should we even be qualified to receive to the peace, love, mercy and grace of God, if we cannot even be that for the other?

I'm With Stupid: Not So Super, Since You're Asking

Todd Hartley | Posted 01.28.2012 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

Editor's note: The following is a transcript of I'm With Stupid's recent conversation with the plaintiff in a contentious legal battle. IWS: Good mor...

What Does it Mean to Be Free of Definitions?

Gangaji | Posted 01.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Gangaji

What is the frame or context of your life? You don't know how your story will end, but at this point you can discover what your story is about.

'Weed' And 21 Other Definitions That Don't Translate From My Dad To My Daughter

Robert Rosenthal | Posted 12.29.2011 | Comedy
Robert Rosenthal

To my father, Spam was canned ham. To my daughter, it's naughty, annoying email. Here are 21 more expressions which mean something totally different to him than to her.

The Trouble With Christian Labels

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 10.16.2011 | Religion
Cathleen Falsani

As I read the recent profile of Michele Bachmann in The New Yorker, it was painfully clear that the what-is-an-evangelical question remains largely unanswered for many who live outside the born-again bubble.

Google Ngrams

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

We've now spent half the day playing with Google's new ngram app that by searching all the digitized books, allows you trace the usage of a word over ...

What Do Hobbits, Robots, and Yahoos Have In Common?

Mark Peters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mark Peters

Words come from everywhere. TV shows are productive -- look at "Battlestar Galactica's" "frak," Stephen Colbert's "truthiness," and "30 Rock's" "blurg...

The 50 Most Looked-Up Words By New York Times Readers

The New York Times | PHILIP B. CORBETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Following up on a popular After Deadline post from last year, my colleague James Robinson, with help from Jeremy Safran, once again compiled a list of...

Not A Problem, A Pribble

Sally Kohn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sally Kohn

Some problems, a friend recently suggested, are not in fact problems at all. They are pribbles -- problems of a privileged existence.