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The English Language Is An Asshole

Nick Simard | Posted 01.19.2017 | Education
Nick Simard

My son is 5 years old and started kindergarten this year. We’ve been introduced to sight words, which Wikipedia describes thusly: Sight words are co...

So THAT'S What 'OK' Stands For

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 01.06.2017 | Arts

”OK” may be one of the most commonly used words in America. Want to grab a drink after work? OK. How are you feeling? I’m OK. Justin Bieber is t...

Word Origins Comics: The Graduation Brouhaha -- The Story Behind the Ritual

Larry Paros | Posted 11.10.2016 | Education
Larry Paros

Follow Larry Paros @ insomanywords.net Take words with Larry @ twitter.com/wordswithlarry facebook.com/wordswithlarry pinterest.com/wordswithlarry ...

From Teachers To Students: How Education Technology Is Connecting Us On A Global Scale

Robyn Shulman | Posted 11.09.2016 | Education
Robyn Shulman

I had the chance to sit down with James Stewart, head of marketing and business development for 51Talk. He is connecting teachers and students across ...

'Grab 'Em By The Pussy': Please Stop Saying Words Don't Matter

Stacie Huckeba | Posted 10.24.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Stacie Huckeba

Words matter. Words shape our lives and our ideals. They tell our stories and express our pain. They are what we use to tell someone we love them and ...

Word Origin Comics: How to Become The Apple of Your Teacher's Eye

Larry Paros | Posted 10.18.2016 | Education
Larry Paros

Teachers: Help your students gain a heightened appreciation for the power of language through the story of word origins in our comic book format. I...

Word Origin Comics: The ABC's of Education

Larry Paros | Posted 10.15.2016 | Education
Larry Paros

Teachers: Help your students gain a heightened appreciation for the power of language through the story of word origins in our comic book format. I...

Word Origin Comics: How Learned Are You?

Larry Paros | Posted 09.27.2016 | Education
Larry Paros

Teachers: Help your students gain a heightened appreciation for the power of language through the story of word origins in our comic book format. I...

Word Origin Comics: The Great Myth Of Education

Larry Paros | Posted 09.19.2016 | Education
Larry Paros

Teachers: Help your students gain a heightened appreciation for the power of language through the story of word origins in our comic book format: I...

Join The "Like" Challenge and Save the English Language

Richard Walden | Posted 09.08.2016 | Education
Richard Walden

What's Not To "Like"? - Perverting The Mother Tongue Most educated, English-speaking people cringe at the increasing misuse of the word "like" and "I...

Word Origin Comics: Does Being on the Dole Make You Indolent?

Larry Paros | Posted 09.01.2016 | Education
Larry Paros

Using a comic book format, the story of word origins and their relationship to contemporary and personal issues, students can gain a new understandin...

Word Origin Comics: Sweet Charity Gone Sour

Larry Paros | Posted 08.19.2016 | Education
Larry Paros

Using a comic book format, the story of word origins and their relationship to contemporary and personal issues. students can gain a new understandin...

Word Origin Comics: The Only Thing We Have to Fear

Larry Paros | Posted 08.11.2016 | Books
Larry Paros

Donald Trump and the events of the outside world got you in a tizzy? A few words (and pictures) of comfort. "In many of the more relaxed civilization...

Word Origin Comics: Day Late and a Dollar Short?

Larry Paros | Posted 08.08.2016 | Books
Larry Paros

"Money is my military, each dollar a soldier. I never send my money into battle unprepared and undefended. I send it to conquer and take currency pris...

Mixteco/RVA--An Exploration of Linguistic Injustice in Virginia

Christine Stoddard | Posted 08.05.2016 | Impact
Christine Stoddard

Mixteco/RVA is a photographic artist book about the author's yearlong journey toward understanding linguistic injustice amongst Virginia's Latin American immigrants--Spanish-speaking and otherwise.

Word Origin Comics: Not Until Debt Do We Part

Larry Paros | Posted 07.21.2016 | Books
Larry Paros

"Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought an...

Word Origin Comics: What's Your Brand?

Larry Paros | Posted 07.14.2016 | Books
Larry Paros

"If opportunity doesn't come knocking at your door, build a brand." ― Bernard Kelvin Clive "Maybe the Truth of the Meaning ...

What Studies Say About Those Who Correct Other People's Grammar

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 07.01.2016 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

Who are the Grammar Police? The grammar police are people who have a compulsive urge to correct other people's grammar, often in public. We're talking about those individuals who cross the line by dishing out public corrections, with the intent of making themselves feel superior while putting others down.

Word Origin Comics: Shop Until You Drop

Larry Paros | Posted 06.28.2016 | Books
Larry Paros

Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping. ― Bo Derek "Have you ever considered w...

Word Origin Comics: All Strung Out and Nowhere to Go?

Larry Paros | Posted 06.21.2016 | Books
Larry Paros

"Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it." ― Jane Wagner "The truth is that stress doesn't come from your boss, you...

The 'Disaster' Disaster

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics
Jonathan D. Moreno

It's not your imagination. The word disaster is being used more frequently both in print and on news and opinion programs.

Word Origin Comics: All Lit Up and Nowhere to Go

Larry Paros | Posted 06.14.2016 | Books
Larry Paros

My candle burns at both ends It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends - It gives a lovely light. ---- E...

Verse Translation: A Call for Harder Work and Greater Care

Harold Lloyd | Posted 06.08.2016 | Books
Harold Lloyd

Too much verse translation is much too free and loose. We must take the time and effort to preserve both meaning AND form (including meter and rhyme ...

Razing Babel: Two Sonnets for Too Xenophobic Times

Harold Lloyd | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

In these Xenophobic times, we should recognize that Razing Babel was a blessing not a curse. The punishment of imprisonment within a single, narrow tongue proves much, much worse than the inconvenience of dealing with others who don't speak our native language. Here's why:

Word Origin Comics: How to Ruin Your Reputation and Make a Name for Yourself

Larry Paros | Posted 06.07.2016 | Books
Larry Paros

"Reputation is what others think of us; character is what God knows of us. When you have spent what feels like eternity trying to repair a few moments...