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Etymology

Word Origins as Comics: Sticks and Stones, The Art of Poking Fun at Others

Larry Paros | Posted 01.27.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

How do I mock thee? Let me name the ways. In the wake of Charlie Hebdo, the various verbal options available to us in dealing with the inanities, hypocrisy, and contradictions with which we are confronted daily...

Word Origins As Comics: What Makes the News Easy to Swallow

Larry Paros | Posted 01.24.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

The story behind tabloid journalism; what it's all about and what makes it so palatable. A brief history of yellow journalism through a study of word origins and its beginnings.

The Word 'Queer' Is Only Offensive If You're a Jerk

Chase Marie | Posted 01.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Chase Marie

The word "queer" is one that still puzzles many minds today, depending on the context, as it is used now as an umbrella term for a staggeringly diverse community, one that becomes more so every day. However, for non-queer persons, one question remains: "When am I allowed to use the word 'queer'?"

HOT FLASH: ISIS Takes Responsibility for Deflation-Gate

Larry Paros | Posted 01.23.2015 | Comedy
Larry Paros

We've seen this movie before. Or have we? A barren desert background, a masked Islamic terrorist or two, the ISIS flag, a forlorn prisoner in ...

Word Origins as Comics: Your Body Is Speaking to You... Is Anyone There?

Larry Paros | Posted 01.20.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

How your body speaks to you is how you speak about your body. A special tribute to those body parts which for the most part go unrecognized. Caution: Only those with guts should read on.

Word Origins As Comics: How Politicians Play Dirty Pool with Our Language

Larry Paros | Posted 01.17.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Round and round we go with the language of politics. Stop the babble in its tracks. Get the real story behind the words by a look at their origins. Add some pictures, and their meaning becomes even clearer.

Healthy Living Comics: The Meanest Cut of All When It Comes to Women

Larry Paros | Posted 01.20.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Attention women ! A comic perspective on a tragic issue. How the words behind a common medical procedure speak volumes about the procedure itself. Ho...

Word Origins as Comics: Why Politicians Talk the Way They Do, The Inside Story

Larry Paros | Posted 01.13.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Return with us once more to the roots of our language and the secrets they hold. Today-- how those in public office have betrayed their heritage. How they once sucked it up, and what they're most into today.

Healthy Living Comics: Up and at 'Em, People! A Quickie Guide for the Despondent and Perplexed

Larry Paros | Posted 01.15.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Down in the dumps? Popping off and popping in -- pills, that is? Give it a rest. Try a more instructive but lighter approach to things. Take a brief l...

Extray! Extray! Read All About It...The Story Behind the Sleazy Media

Larry Paros | Posted 01.13.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

What a narrative they weave-- the media, that is. Is there no way to escape their daily onslaught of fabrications? Despair no more.

How to Introduce Humor Into Your Wellness Program... and Your Approach to Life

Larry Paros | Posted 01.11.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

Don't let the language of health care get you down! Find out what's behind the words. Their roots speak directly to you about how you think about your body -- while putting a smile on your face.

Word Origins As Comics: What's Behind the Language We Are Forced to Endure Daily

Larry Paros | Posted 01.10.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

We all love words. But their roots are often forgotten or paid little heed. Word origins have a story to tell in their own right, one which expands the impact of the word and creates an ancillary reality. Tired of a pedantic approach to the subject?

Healthy Living Comics: How Strung Out Are You? It's Time to Tune In

Larry Paros | Posted 01.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Larry Paros

Anxious and depressed? The language of health care got you down? Not to worry. Go behind the words. A little bit of sugar helps the medicine go down i...

Word Origins as Comics: Body Parts as Metaphors, Here's Looking at You Kid

Larry Paros | Posted 01.08.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Tired of a pedantic approach to word origins? Then focus your baby blues right here. An eyeful from the past to gain perspective on the present.

Reflections of an Octogenarian: Kids, What Do They Know Anyway? How to Raise Their Social/Political Literacy

Larry Paros | Posted 01.12.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

The year was 1965. It was a warm fall day, and I was driving Paul Goodman, the noted thinker and prominent social theorist to his hotel. He was to be a guest speaker at a program I had created for area high school students to dialogue with prominent writers, artists, and politicians.

Healthy Living Comics: Today, Tend to Your Health, Tend to Your Relationships

Larry Paros | Posted 01.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Larry Paros

The language of health care got you down? Not to worry. Go behind the words. A little bit of sugar helps the medicine go down in this tongue-in-cheek ...

Word Origins as Comics: Making Sense of the Language of Government...Really?

Larry Paros | Posted 01.05.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Tired of a pedantic approach to word origins? Try us instead.

Word Origins As Comics: Making Sense of the Media Why It's So Incomprehensible

Larry Paros | Posted 01.03.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Tired of a pedantic approach to word origins? Try this for size. Our goal is to both educate and entertain. There's no better place to begin than with the language we use.

Living Comics: What's Needed Most in the World and in Your Life

Larry Paros | Posted 01.03.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

This is the eighth column from our third book from our series of educational comics by Larry Paros. Enjoy! Feel free to share your thoughts. Feedback and Pushback are encouraged.

Word Origins as Comics: Speaking and Writing Properly -- You Gotta Be Kiddin'!

Larry Paros | Posted 12.31.2014 | Books
Larry Paros

Not doing "good" today? Cheer up! Check out a brief history of other verbal "transgressions," courtesy of the Word Police.

Healthy Living Comics: Today, What Does Anyone Really Know About Medical Care?

Larry Paros | Posted 01.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Larry Paros

The language of health care got you down? Not to worry. Go behind the words. A little bit of sugar helps the medicine go down in this tongue-in-cheek ...

Healthy Living Comics: Today, An All or Nothing Approach to Health

Larry Paros | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Larry Paros

The language of health care got you down? Not to worry. Go behind the words. A little bit of sugar helps the medicine go down in this tongue-in-cheek ...

Word Origins as Comics: Looking Forward to Seeing You

Larry Paros | Posted 12.27.2014 | Books
Larry Paros

Tired of a pedantic approach to word origins? Try this for size. Our goal is to both educate and entertain. There's no better place to begin than with the language we use.

Word Origins As Comics: Time to Cut to the Chase, People

Larry Paros | Posted 01.15.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Tired of a pedantic approach to word origins? Try this for size. Our goal is to both educate and entertain. There's no better place to begin than with the language we use. So let's start there.

Healthy Living Comics: Today, Time for Your Annual Physical? First Check Out Your Doctor

Larry Paros | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Larry Paros

The language of health care got you down? Not to worry. Go behind the words. A little bit of sugar helps the medicine go down in this tongue-in-cheek ...