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Hear Hear! Our Voices Are More Than Gay Voices

Sarah Prager | Posted 02.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah Prager

There is no perfect term for all of us (we are too wonderfully diverse for that) but "gay" is about as far from inclusive as you can get and I'm glad Huffington Post Queer Voices made the change like so many other organizations have done.

My Journey Through Jibber Jabber: How Business Made Me Bilingual

Tony Endelman | Posted 02.03.2016 | Business
Tony Endelman

After years of experience in a variety of roles, I am comprehensively fluent in office jargon.

The Words You Use To Describe A Relationship Matter More Than You Think

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 02.02.2016 | Arts

You know that feeling you get when you're at dinner with friends -- or maybe it's someone you're just getting to know -- and excited talk of great bo...

10 Things You Might Not Know About Shakespeare

Paul Anthony Jones | Posted 01.14.2016 | Books
Paul Anthony Jones

Chances are you could name most -- if not all -- of his plays. But how much do we really know about Shakespeare? Well, here are 10 much less familiar facts about arguably the world's most famous writer.

Grammar Nudniks: Please Stop Obsessing About 'They' and 'Their'

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.09.2016 | Books
Lev Raphael

You know who you are and you know what I mean. You hear someone say "Everyone should have their rights" or you read a sentence like that and you feel tormented. You simmer. Then you explode. You call down the wrath of the grammar gods on the offenders.

50 Fantastic Facts About The English Language

Paul Anthony Jones | Posted 12.16.2015 | Books
Paul Anthony Jones

@HaggardHawks' second birthday has already been celebrated online with a fiendishly difficult quiz, but to mark the occasion all the more, here are 50 of its finest language facts and words worth remembering.

Is Wolf Blitzer for Real?

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.04.2015 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

Verbally, that is. Listen to him for more than a few minutes and you'll notice that he has a very odd verbal tic: He obsessively punctuates what he...

Make Yourself Sound More Intelligent With These 10 Phrases

John Rampton | Posted 12.01.2015 | Business
John Rampton

No one wants to sound dumb. However, texting and emojis have taken over the world -- so it becomes difficult to remember how to use the English language to its fullest extent. I find this happening in the business world.

Poet Beautifully Describes Why Spanish Accents Are So Special

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 12.01.2015 | Latino Voices

“My mom holds her accent like a shotgun. With two good hands. Her tongue all brass knuckled, slipping in between her lips." That’s...

New York State Program Uses Text Messages To Teach English As A Second Language

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 11.30.2015 | Latino Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Candelaria Lopez had tried to learn English before, but it didn't work. She couldn't always make it to class, and when she could...

20 Misused Words That Make Smart People Look Dumb

Dr. Travis Bradberry | Posted 12.03.2015 | Business
Dr. Travis Bradberry

We're all tempted to use words that we're not too familiar with. Point is, we can all benefit from opportunities to sharpen the saw and minimize our mistakes.

Mastering English in Iran: Ticket to Modernity

Setareh Sabety | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Setareh Sabety

This insistence on learning English wasn't because they were immigrants or exiled when I was growing up, but because even in their own country, in the sixties and seventies, speaking English meant progress and set them apart from the masses, it reaffirmed their elite status.

Diversity of International Students in the US

Rahul Choudaha, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2015 | Education
Rahul Choudaha, Ph.D.

The latest Open Doors data indicates yet another year of growth in international student enrollment. Between 2009 and 2014, the number of international students has increased by 41 per cent to reach a total of 974,926.

Exploring English In The Age Of Emojis

Marjorie Freimuth | Posted 11.12.2015 | Books
Marjorie Freimuth

If we didn't allow English to evolve, we would hardly have words enough to express ourselves in our modern society, and we'd still be greeting each other by saying "Ēadig, þec tō mētenne."

7 Surprising Ways Your English Major Will Come in Handy

Avelist | Posted 11.11.2015 | College

I never studied English because I knew it would secure me a high-paying job, but because I love reading and writing. Which, as it turns out, are pretty useful skills when it comes to searching for a job. Next time someone asks you "What are you planning on doing with your English degree?" you'll have your answer ready: "Whatever I want."

The Most Beautiful Part of One Teacher's Job

Quora | Posted 10.25.2015 | Education

The most beautiful part of my job is the responses of kids and their parents when the job's all done.

Word Origin Comics: Could You Be a Bigot? Only Your Beard Knows for Sure

Larry Paros | Posted 10.16.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Bigots take things at face value, and in today's world any swarthy male with a beard tends to invoke suspicion. Beards do, after all, have their detractors.

Ellie Gilbert: You Are Worth Something.

A Teacher Like You | Posted 10.15.2015 | Education
A Teacher Like You

Every day at school, I feel like I'm paying back a debt to every teacher I've ever had. I've been given this beautiful gift, and I get to re-gift it. The fact that I get to do that every single day? That's wonderful.

Word Origin Comics: That Certain Something in the Air -- Could it be You?

Larry Paros | Posted 10.12.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Good writers never put on airs. What makes me mad is arrogance, pretension, putting on airs. ...

Word Origin Comics:How Classy Are You Really?

Larry Paros | Posted 10.06.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Let's have a class about class. It's not easy.

Poet Passionately Explains Why Ebonics Is The Backbone Of Black Culture

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 10.06.2015 | Black Voices

"Ebonics is the official language of the undefined black culture, the native tongue to the underrepresented black American."   That is what Steve...

Word Origin Comics: For Witty People and Sophisticates Only...All Others Go Away

Larry Paros | Posted 10.02.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

"Despite all that education and experience can do, I retain a certain level of unsophistication that I cannot eradicate and that my friends find amusi...

Word Origin Comics: Snobs of the World Unite! You Have Nothing to Lose But Your Disdain

Larry Paros | Posted 09.30.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Is that your nose that's up in the air? Could you possibly be a snob? "People who hold important positions in society are commonly labeled "somebodi...

Word Origin Comics: So What Do You Really Know...Anyhow?

Larry Paros | Posted 09.29.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Do you feel that the genius in you has somehow been overlooked?

Word Origin Comics: Let's Hear it for all the Fools and Silly People Out There!

Larry Paros | Posted 09.22.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

For all you grim rationalists who traffic in sound logic: "Do a loony-goony dance 'Cross the kitchen floor, Put something silly in the world That ...