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We Still Can't Decide Whether To Put One Space After A Period Or Two

HuffingtonPost.com | Sara Boboltz | Posted 05.29.2015 | Arts

We asked teachers which spacing habit they're teaching the youth of America.

The Top Ten Ways to Select the Republican Candidate for President

Larry Paros | Posted 05.28.2015 | Comedy
Larry Paros

The answer is simple. Have candidates compete on the Nation's top reality TV shows. It's a format they should all feel comfortable with. The GOP, after all, has had a long and contentious relationship with reality. And reality shows are to reality what Fox News is to news.

Word Origin Comics: Getting Burnt Out on Love

Larry Paros | Posted 05.22.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Albert Schweitzer suggested that we think with deep gratitude of those who have lit the flame within us. Not all, however, feel thankful for incendiary encounters. Certain past loves are simply too hot to handle.

Word Origin Comics: I'll Take Romance...You Gotta Be Kidding!

Larry Paros | Posted 05.14.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Thomas Moore considered romantic love to be an illusion, "a truth we discover at the end of a love affair or else when the sweet emotions of love lead us into marriage and then turn down their flames;" or as Ambrose Bierce put it," a temporary insanity, curable by marriage."

Word Origin Comics: Mom's the Word on This Day of All Days

Larry Paros | Posted 05.07.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

We all idealize our mothers. Abe Lincoln wrote how "All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." Michael Jackson topped it with, "My mother's wonderful. To me she's perfection." It took the mother of an unknown commentator, however, to put such accolades in perspective, reminding her son " I told you a million times not to exaggerate."

Word Origin Comics: What's Love Got to do With it...Huh?

Larry Paros | Posted 04.29.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

How seriously should you take this "love" thing? Some believe it to be a grave matter requiring scientific reflection. Einstein maintained, however, that you couldn't hold gravitation responsible for people falling in love.

Reflections of an Octogenarian IX: On Educational Leadership -- Principles for Principals

Larry Paros | Posted 04.24.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

If we hope to turn our schools around, we need not only great teachers, but also great principals. It's not an unreasonable premise. The school executive plays a significant factor in determining a school's fate.

Word Origin Comics: Macho Does Not Prove Mucho

Larry Paros | Posted 05.04.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Hey guys, stuck on that macho thing? Remember what the Village People had to say about it.

Empty Billfolders May Shutter The Dictionary Of American Regional English

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 04.20.2015 | Arts

Language-lovers across the U.S. have the mulligrubs this month, and with good reason. The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE), which has ca...

Word Origin Comics: The Rise and Fall of the Word 'Pretty'

Larry Paros | Posted 04.15.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

How pretty you look? Really? "Pretty," when you come down to it, is pretty relative, as in "pretty awful." Even Einstein's theory of social relativity bordered on such.

Word Orgin Comics: Leading a Charmed Life and a More Enchanting Existence

Larry Paros | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Introduce a little charm into your life? According to Miley Cyrus, "Turning on the charm without being fake is really important." It is, as Albert Camus noted, "a way of getting the answer 'Yes' without asking a clear question."

Why We Must Value Languages

Alissa Stern | Posted 04.06.2015 | Arts
Alissa Stern

If we don't actively counter the forces of cultural homogenization, the morbidity and mortality rates among languages will continue to climb.

Reflections of an Octogenarian VII: Educational Reform: That Vision Thing...Which Way is Up?

Larry Paros | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

A new vision for education does not spring full blown like Athena from the head of Zeus. It originates in the interior of one's being, but it is grounded in the past.

Don't Let These 5 Confusing Words Mar Your Image

Dianna Booher | Posted 04.02.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

Tom's an articulate physician, totally able to speak his mind and express a strong point of view. But when he repeatedly says "between you and I," that grammatical error has the same effect as a big splotch of mustard on the front of his suit and tie.

Word Origin Comics: Coming Attractions: The Power to DrawPeople Into Your Life

Larry Paros | Posted 03.31.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

What kind of person does your magnetic personality tend to attract into your life? Glen Close suggested you not take any chances. "The best thing I have is the knife from Fatal Attraction. I hung it in my kitchen.

Lost in Translation: Brits v. Americans -- Whose Language Is It, Anyway?

Paula Froelich | Posted 03.31.2015 | Travel
Paula Froelich

Often, people travel from the U.S. to England wrapped in a sense of comfort, thinking, "Well, they speak the same language, so I'll be able to get by just fine." Or will you?

Add Glamour and Glitz to Your Life and Some Proper English as Well

Larry Paros | Posted 05.26.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

"Someday the laws of glamour must be discovered, because they are so important that the world would be wiser now if Sir Isaac Newton had been hit on the head, not by an apple, but by a young lady." So wrote Booth Tarkington, a somewhat conservative author, considered by most to be anything but "glamorous."

Reflections of an Octogenarian VI: Educational Reform: Batter Up! Time for a Whole New Ballgame

Larry Paros | Posted 05.24.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

Any future discussion of education cannot be pursued in isolation of a parallel discussion of national purpose. Only then can we ask which social and moral imperatives should inform the learning process -- education for whom; for what; towards what end; for what purpose?

Word Origins as Comics: The Thrill of It All... Buckle Up and Full Speed Ahead!

Larry Paros | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Richard Pryor once noted, "I know that if I wasn't scared, something's wrong, because the thrill is what's scary." Want to remove the fear from the thrill? Looking to Introduce some into your life? Look no further.

Getting Grammatical: What's the Big Deal With the Passive Voice?

David Kudler | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
David Kudler

An author I work with recently asked me, "What's the big deal with the passive voice?" My first instinct was to answer, "Well, would that question have made as much sense as 'The big deal with the passive voice is about what?'"

People Who Love People: Read All About It in the Comics

Larry Paros | Posted 05.11.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Coupling with another, and confused by what's happening? Relationships. You can't live with them, and as everyone knows, you can't live without them.

Eat Your Words and Enjoy Each Bite: A Handy Dandy Guide to Healthful Living

Larry Paros | Posted 05.05.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Not every post bears fruit, but guaranteed, this one will. Seize the moment, grab the low-hanging fruit, and discover the inside story of how words can help you think about yourself and your body. Put the pedantic approach behind you

You Are What You Read: Stop Vegetating and Get with the Program!

Larry Paros | Posted 05.02.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

The Language of Health. The inside story. How the roots of words speak directly to you about how you think about yourself and your body. Put the pedantic approach behind you. Try some humor instead, mixed with a bit of scholarship.

A Marriage of Two Languages: My Journey on Embracing Both English and Spanish

Vanessa Lopez | Posted 05.02.2015 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Lopez

I am Mexican, and I am also American. I am a hybrid. It has taken me a long time to accept that this is ok. I do not have to fall under the pressure of having to choose one over the other, nor do I have to fall under the negative stigmatization that to claim both is wrong.

A New Direction for Our Nation? Let's Go by the Book. But Which One?

Larry Paros | Posted 04.28.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Books inform the human intelligence and speak to us individually in quite a different way. They speak less to topical issues but to those universal in nature, providing a perspective on our life, how we live it, and our relationship to the larger culture.