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New Study Shows The Words We Use Actually Reflect Our Awful Reality

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.28.2016 | Arts

During and after the often-agonizing election season that recently left the United States in shreds, many Americans found themselves overwhelmed by ne...

'Xenophobia' Is Dictionary.com's Word Of The Year

The Huffington Post | Jenna Amatulli | Posted 11.28.2016 | Arts

There were a lot of surprises to come out of 2016, but “xenophobia” being named Dictionary.com’s Word of the Year is not one of them. When you ...

5 Great Reasons To Establish A Bilingual ASL Household

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 11.23.2016 | Parents
Lydia L. Callis

Raising deaf children with access to sign language has been shown to yield benefits in many areas of life, even for children working to acquire spoken language skills or those who have Cochlear Implants.

A Pocket Dictionary For Conservatives Who Don't Understand Liberals

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.22.2016 | Arts

After months of political debate in which neither side seemed even slightly capable of understanding the other ― despite high-volume use of Merriam-...

"Arrival" Is D. O. A.

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 11.11.2016 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Movie Review - Jackie K Cooper "Arrival" (Paramount Pictures) If you are a fan and admirer of the Matthew McConaughey film "Interstel...

A Brief History Of 'Sustainability'

Lance Hosey | Posted 11.09.2016 | Green
Lance Hosey

The word doesn't mean what many seem to think. In response to my piece this summer about the hubris among some sustainable design leaders ("A Darker...

People and nature blur in the world's indigenous languages

IUCN – Planet at the Crossroads | Posted 11.10.2016 | Green
IUCN – Planet at the Crossroads

Indigenous peoples from around the world came together to examine the relationships between people and nature at the IUCN World Conservation Congress ...

12 Enchanting Words For Things You've Felt But Couldn't Name

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 11.07.2016 | Arts
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Remember that feeling of absolute freedom you’d get as a kid when, for the first time ever, your parents trusted you to hang out at the house alone,...

How to Find Prejudice Hidden in Our Words

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 11.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

By Jenn Director Knudsen Language can reveal our hidden beliefs and biases, such as the assumption that men are stronger at science than women, or b...

An Illustrated Guide To All The Ingenious Ways People Refer To Their Genitals

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.02.2016 | Arts

Box. Bush. Beaver. And yes, of course, pussy. These are some of the most widespread euphemisms for a woman’s lady parts. To many contemporary, nativ...

A Brief And Spooky History Of The Word 'Boo'

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.31.2016 | Arts

On Halloween, one word reigns supreme: Boo. Usually lodged at an unsuspecting target, the short ― and, coincidentally, pretty sweet-sounding ― utt...

Latina College Student Used ‘Hence’ In Paper, Is Accused Of Plagiarism

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 10.30.2016 | Latino Voices

Tiffany Martínez, a Latina student at Suffolk University in Boston, wrote a powerful post on her personal blog on Oct. 27 that she posted to Facebook...

I'm Not Your Baby!

Roz Warren | Posted 10.26.2016 | Women
Roz Warren

I've worked at my local public library long enough to be on a first-name basis with many of our patrons. And the rest greet me with the courtesy and r...

The Man-Child's Approach To Political Language

Gabrielle M. Peterson | Posted 10.25.2016 | Politics
Gabrielle M. Peterson

The appeal of Trump, it would seem, is not only his radical remarks that come at a uniquely vulnerable time in America's life, but also the way he communicates those remarks, and the very specific dialect he has given his campaign.

A Promise Kept... A Lesson Learned...

Sushant Naidu | Posted 10.24.2016 | Queer Voices
Sushant Naidu

There comes a point in a conversation where one can choose to go deep, or be agreeable. Recently, a conversation I had with a complete stranger, in a different country, in a different language, taught me a powerful lesson.

100 Commonly Misspelled Words That Would Make Any Language Nerd Shutter

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.24.2016 | Arts

The throws of packing. All intensive purposes. Pass mustard. Sobbing wet. Doggy-dog world. From the gecko. If you can identify the errors in the above...

Internet Language: Lost Or Found?

Yanina Dubeykovskaya | Posted 10.21.2016 | Media
Yanina Dubeykovskaya

Picture: quotesgram.com This joke has opened today a heated discussion within our WCFDavos team. As communication specialists and creative people we ...

These Are The Words Even A Linguist Finds Disgusting

The Huffington Post | Allison Fox | Posted 10.20.2016 | Healthy Living

Some words just get under people’s skin. For example, “moist” incites such ire and disgust that researchers have actually studied why so many of...

Donald Trump And The Dangerous Rhetoric Of Portraying People As Objects

The Conversation US | Posted 10.18.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

In Donald Trump's 2005 hot mic conversation with entertainment reporter Billy Bush, he confessed to kissing women and grabbing their genitals without their consent.

What is Abstract Visual Language?

Janet Odgis | Posted 10.12.2016 | Business
Janet Odgis

How do you communicate without saying a word? We think visually. The way to our hearts and minds is through our eyes. Seeing and feeling go hand in hand. What we see is so much more powerful than what we read. Because of this, Visual Language is a powerful form of communication that has the ability to influence behavior.

Where The Hell Does The Word 'P***y' Come From, Anyway?

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.25.2016 | Arts

“Grab them by the pussy,” Donald Trump idiotically proclaimed in the hot mic moment heard ‘round the world. Few people misunderstood those now i...

Spirits of Mexico's Henequen Barons Walk the Cobbled Lanes of Merida

Bob Schulman | Posted 10.09.2016 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Tourists scamper around a Maya monument in Merida. A stroll through the colonial district of Merida out in eastern Mexico's Yucatan P...

The Language At The Root Of All Language

Michael Mamas | Posted 10.05.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Michael Mamas

Linguistics, the study of language, has its origins in something far deeper, far more innate and primordial than most scholars recognize. The essence ...

The 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words, Explained

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.28.2016 | Arts

Aegis, bouillon, chiton. Flautist, gyro, haute couture. Lackadaisical, mascarpone, peremptory. The English language is filled with words that stump th...

Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be Writers

Jacy Sutton | Posted 09.27.2016 | Arts
Jacy Sutton

Lately I've been having accounting fantasies. I dream about a career where there is a definitive answer. Where numbers either add up or they don't. Th...