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Why Merriam-Webster Changed Its Racist Definition of "Nude"

DoSomething.org | Posted 08.31.2015 | Impact
DoSomething.org

This may feel like a small win, but the language we use has an enormous impact on the reality we live. Plus, it shows that even a small but mighty army of young people can create racial progress. Here's hoping that army grows larger and mightier every day.

Observations From Below: Call Me Bryan

Bryan Dooley | Posted 08.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Bryan Dooley

If I were to describe myself in person first language, I would say, "Byran, a young man with Cerebral Palsy" rather than, "Cerebral Palsy victim, Bryan." Another important brief example is to use the phrase "wheelchair user" instead of "wheelchair-bound." I am not bound to anything, nor do I suffer from.

Are You Botching Hyphenation?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 08.26.2015 | Books
Rob Reinalda

Hyphenation can be tricky. There's widespread confusion, it seems, about when and how the tiny line segments should and shouldn't be used. With so many instances in which people guess wrong, covering all the misuses would take acres of the Internet.

I Am Not Bilingual

Dan Truong | Posted 08.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Dan Truong

I know that being Asian is more than being able to speak a language and more than outward appearance. While I've never been proud of it, I know my loss of language is just another narrative in the Great Asian-American Story, and that it's not a narrative exclusive to just me.

This Twitter Account Will Teach You Words You Didn't Know You Needed

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 08.14.2015 | Arts

You know when you open a bag of Doritos and so much of it is air? What a chiptease. How about when you keep typing "teh" instead of "the" no matter wh...

MIT Scientists Discover A Universal 'Link' Between All Languages

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 08.07.2015 | Science

Of the roughly 6,500 spoken languages in the world, not one commonality has been found connecting them all together -- until now. Researcher...

Babies And Bonobos Have Much More In Common Than You May Think

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 08.06.2015 | Science

  Our high-pitched human baby talk may not be so unique after all.  It turns out that bonobos -- a species of great ape most closely relate...

Yes, I Can Speak Latin

Marin Langlieb | Posted 08.31.2015 | Teen
Marin Langlieb

I can speak Latin. Yes, this infamous dead language is still very much alive, and nowhere more so than in the halls of private schools. So when can you use Latin if you can't speak it to anyone? The answer is everywhere.

In a Word, What It Means to Be Gay

Raina Bowe | Posted 07.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Raina Bowe

From a stereotype standpoint, the original meaning of the word "gay" makes sense. As everyone "knows" gay people are always happy. Indeed, it was not until the Stonewall riots of 1969 that many people had any idea gay people were madder than hell.

Dr. Kalam: Animated Stories from His Legendary Life

Brij Kothari | Posted 07.29.2015 | Education
Brij Kothari

India is in mourning. Dr. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, passed away on July 27, 2015. Among his many stellar accomplishments is his unmatched ability to inspire and ignite minds, especially of children and youth in India. He was popularly known as the people's President.

G'Day Mate! How to Speak Australian

Paula Froelich | Posted 07.28.2015 | Travel
Paula Froelich

Australia is an English-speaking country -- but, like with England, there are a lot of differences between here and there. So many, in fact, that if you hang with the locals at a pub in the outback, you won't be totally off base if you sit for a second and wonder, "Just where the hell am I, anyway?"

Failure to Communicate

Marcia Liss | Posted 07.28.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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13 Pretty "Shimmer-Words" to Make You Sound Cooler

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 07.24.2015 | Education
Lulu Salavegsen

The only thing that creates a similar eruption of discovery-joy and elation to my finding a book that finds me and the excitement and anticipation to read it is...

Cultural Evolution and Language Mavenry, Or Why Making Fun of People Who Mix Metaphors Is Not a Waste Of Time

Dan Cloud | Posted 07.26.2015 | Science
Dan Cloud

The discovery that I may actually be accomplishing something with my language snobbery is a serendipitous result of our ongoing effort to find a workable theory of cultural evolution.

Why Learning a Language Should Be on Your Bucket List

AK Turner | Posted 07.22.2015 | Travel
AK Turner

The hours I spend in pursuit of knowledge might seem wasted, but the opposite is true. Whenever and wherever we travel, I will always endeavor to speak the native tongue, no matter how limited or butchered. I think learning a foreign language should be on everyone's bucket list.

15 Words and Phrases that Deserve to Die

Frederick W. Schmidt | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business
Frederick W. Schmidt

With spring cleaning behind us, it's time to reexamine the language we use and the real meaning of some of the expressions that have found their way into our vocabulary.

The Best Regional Slang Worlds From Around the Country

Thrillist | Posted 07.08.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

We as a nation have embraced all kinds of dumb slang, from "swag" to "hepcat." (Never mind, hepcat is awesome.) But some words never get out of specific pockets of America, where they easily weed out the locals from the transplants.

Our Changing Language

Renee Fisher | Posted 07.02.2015 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Literally is supposed to mean "literally." It now mean "figuratively." Although this phenomenon started many decades ago, LBL believes that only recently has the word "figuratively" finally given up the fight and slunk back to wherever it originally came from.

Broken English: When Our Mother Tongues Take the Back Seat

Priscilla Takondwa Semphere | Posted 07.01.2015 | Black Voices
Priscilla Takondwa Semphere

There is nothing wrong with sounding Western, but there is something fundamentally problematic when it is born of disdain for one's own linguistic discipline or tradition.

Solve Your Problems by Not Trying to Solve Them

Jock Gilchrist | Posted 06.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jock Gilchrist

Let's take a look at how we go about problem-solving. First, what exactly is a problem? "Problem" is defined as: a matter or situation regarded as u...

An Open Letter to Pakistani Muslims

Summer Qassim | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Summer Qassim

Ramadan has begun, and with it Muslims seek to unite themselves not just with each other, by abstaining from food and drink during the day, but with all of humanity, trying to minimize class differences and empathize with the poor and needy by being hungry and thirsty in the same way.

29 Things Australians Say (That Americans Don't)

The Huffington Post | Aimie Rigas | Posted 06.22.2015 | Arts

Australians are fairly well known for their incredible ability to give everyone (and everything) a nickname. But there are some everyday phrases we ta...

The Master Storyteller: How Changing Your Stories Can Change Your Future

Rachel Verlik | Posted 06.15.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rachel Verlik

How many of us tell ourselves stories? Not the bedtime kind, nor the perfect crafted happy ending kind. I'm talking about our own internal stories t...

Breathing New Life Into Native American Languages

Colleen M Fitzgerald | Posted 06.11.2015 | Science
Colleen M Fitzgerald

Linguistics lies in the borderlands of science and humanities, and nowhere is that shown more brilliantly than in the Breath of Life language reclamation model.

Who Decides What Makes A Woman?

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 06.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Accepting a transgender woman as female doesn't devalue the institution of womanhood any more that accepting gay spouses devalues the institution of marriage.