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The Sugarcoated Language Of White Fragility

Anna Kegler | Posted 07.25.2016 | Impact
Anna Kegler

For a while now, I've been thinking about how terms like "white privilege," "inclusion" and "unconscious bias" all sound just... too nice. Don't they seem a little on the pleasant side for words used to address a system of racist oppression?

Loss for words: Art, language and the challenges of living on a changing planet

The Conversation US | Posted 07.19.2016 | Arts
The Conversation US

Faith Kearns, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources The common wisdom about climate change is that it's too big and...

How Did ‘Power Couple’ Become The New Standard For Success?

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.18.2016 | Arts

To the likely chagrin of language traditionalists, a bunch of edgy new words were added to the Oxford English Dictionary last month. BRB, TTYL, l8r an...

Every Time You Say "All Lives Matter" You Are Being an Accidental Racist

Jesse Damiani | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Jesse Damiani

You can totally stop being an ignorant racist right now. This instant. You don't even have to lift a finger. All you have to do is learn. I've said it before and I'll say it again: it is never a bad thing to learn.

Artist Profile: Jess Johnson and the New Language of Virtual Reality

Illya Szilak | Posted 07.13.2016 | Arts
Illya Szilak

In virtual reality, it is an industry maxim that we design engaging, enjoyable experiences and promote user agency through intuitive, interactive inte...

How Robots Could Help Children Pick Up New Languages

Adi Gaskell | Posted 07.12.2016 | Education
Adi Gaskell

Whilst caring for children seems a very human endeavor, there have nonetheless been a number of projects recently that have seen robots built for just...

Introducing HI-Speak, An Elevated Term To Replace 'PC'

Elizabeth Lazar | Posted 07.12.2016 | Impact
Elizabeth Lazar

Isn't it time honest Americans took the honesty-brand back from its knock-off peddlers and thieves? Isn't it time we dispensed of the backward notion that a historically-informed conversation is somehow a gratuitous tangent generated by a victim complex for political gain?

There's A New "I Don't Have Time for That" Insult

Galanty Miller | Posted 07.11.2016 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

Do you know the real reason why you're not on Facebook and why you're not watching my TV shows and you're not playing online games? Because you don't want to. And that's fine. Do what you want. But just be honest.

How I Switched From Journalist to Tech Entrepreneur

Philip Sopher | Posted 07.11.2016 | Education
Philip Sopher

For the last 8 months that I've been coding Accint, I've noticed that people are as interested in the story of how I came to create it as they are in ...

It's Time To Embrace The Singular ‘They,’ A Humanistic Pronoun

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.08.2016 | Arts

The Telegraph published a poll last week, asking readers whether the singular they ― as in, “My friend ate a bagel. They beamed with perfect joy...

Stop Stealing Other Cultures For Fun

Zac Thompson | Posted 07.04.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Zac Thompson

There is nothing fun about seeing your culture appropriated and owned by an affluent middle class. It's time we stopped this despicable process. We need to stop branding the ideals of displaced people as something edgy.

It’s Finally Time To Stop Correcting People’s Grammar, Linguist Says

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.01.2016 | Arts

True rage -- the kind that results in personal jabs and expletive spews -- seems only to arise from a handful of topics. Most are maddening because th...

Where Did 'Dumpster Fire' Come From? Where Is It Rolling?

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 06.24.2016 | Arts

In 2009, sportswriter Mike Wise had just started a radio show at 106.7 The Fan, a Washington D.C.-area sports station. Wise, now a senior writer at Th...

Girl Scouts Teach Lesson On Language

Eric Lipp | Posted 06.20.2016 | Parents
Eric Lipp

A few weeks ago I was witness to real progress in our society. I learned a lesson about progress in how we have taught our kids about our differences. There is a large change in how people were viewed when I was young and how youth today view people.

Sexual Language

Robert Brustein | Posted 06.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Robert Brustein

Sex used to be a word that described both the gender of the individual and the mostly nocturnal activity being practiced ("My sex is male, and I had ...

The Rhythmical Creation of Beauty

New England Conservatory | Posted 06.13.2016 | Arts
New England Conservatory

The Rhythmical Creation of Beauty By Ruth Lepson The history of the lyric and of the separation between poetry and music in the Western world is co...

Machine learning helps determine which infants will gain the most from cochlear implantation

Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus | Posted 06.13.2016 | Science
Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus

Intact hearing in early childhood is essential for normal development of communication skills and language. Neural circuits are responsible for the he...

The Period Is Dead. Long Live The Period.

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 06.10.2016 | Arts

The internet and smartphone are slaying the workhorse of our language, says The New York Times. In a June 9 article, "Period. Full Stop. Point. Whatev...

Paul D'Agostino's Art as Linguistic Education

Jocelyn Jeffery | Posted 06.08.2016 | Education
Jocelyn Jeffery

Artist Paul D'Agostino invented a 'Chromatic Alphabet,' a painted visual language of simple shapes and colors. Its' aesthetic appeal is analogous to t...

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:

The Brain's Best Kept Secret

Sherry Bronson | Posted 06.03.2016 | Fifty
Sherry Bronson

Do you work the New York Times crossword puzzle every day? Have you tapped into an online program for mental gymnastics? Brushed your teeth with yo...

Am I an African?

Rutendo Nyamuda | Posted 06.02.2016 | Black Voices
Rutendo Nyamuda

Being of this land lies not in the color of your skin, the dialect you speak or your culture. It is an inner being.

How Are Your Words Shaping Your Day?

Melissa Heisler | Posted 05.31.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Melissa Heisler

Listen to your language this next week. What are you expressing and how are you expressing it? Are you being blunt and moving to the next subject? Are you using expressive verbiage to help your listener really comprehend and feel what you mean?

Here's Why Spanish Isn’t Really A Foreign Language In The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 05.27.2016 | Latino Voices

Anyone who’s ever enrolled in a Spanish class knows that schools generally refer to it as a “foreign language.” Most of us repeat the phrase unc...

Why I Left My 'Ex'

Glenn Martin | Posted 05.26.2016 | Impact
Glenn Martin

May 4th was a day I'd been anticipating for some time. That was the day Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason, who heads the Office of Justice Programs in the Department of Justice, publicly announced a new agency-wide policy directing her staff to stop using "disparaging labels" like "ex-convict" and "ex-felon" in all their communications.