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Name Signs, What's That About?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Many hearing people are surprised to learn that the deaf community has it's own unique naming system. The only true way to get a name sign is to be given one by individuals who are deaf, since ASL is their native language.

The Secret Language of Hotel Staff Is Your New Vacation Entertainment

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 05.19.2015 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

A short glossary of the behind-the-scenes lingo used by bellhops, cleaning staff and concierge at your favorite hotels.

Celebrating Our Heritage By Ensuring Health Equity for Our Future

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

We still have work to do to fulfill our goal of health care and coverage for every community. We must remove the barriers to care for immigrants, who despite paying into our system, are locked out of affordable health programs. We must also enforce federal protections for language access so that no matter what language you speak, you can access the information you need.

A Buddhist Theory of Language

KidSpirit | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion
KidSpirit

I knelt on the silken scarf laid across the hardwood floor, my head bent in silent prayer to the spirits of my ancestors. I heard muffled sounds of chanting monks through the old music player at the side of the decaying red shrine.

Religious Freedom Laws: Has "Religion" Lost Its Meaning?

Ayalon Eliach | Posted 05.01.2015 | Religion
Ayalon Eliach

Recently, a number of states have passed "Religious Freedom" laws. Democrats across the country have been critical of these statutes, arguing that they effectively give state residents license to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

Defining the Blurred Lines

Annie Rosenthal | Posted 04.29.2015 | Women
Annie Rosenthal

But what actually happens here? What does it mean to have an experience in which one engages in unwanted sex, but does not feel explicitly forced into the sex act? And why had 100 percent of women I spoke with experienced this?

Are Burritos And Buttered Rolls Sandwiches?

Dan Pashman | Posted 05.05.2015 | Taste
Dan Pashman

Using the right words to describe foods is crucial.

Focus On Your Words, and You Can Change Your Life

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 04.24.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Wolfe

Writers know how much easier it would be to dismiss our thoughts, to brush them off and become part of the unconscious masses who struggle to put together 140 coherent characters. We understand the ease of dashing off an idea, pushing submit and walking away, and yet we continue to push through the pain of process. Why?

Don't Be the 'Creepy' Dad

Phil Corless | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Phil Corless

"A grown man shouldn't be calling teenage girls cute," he explained. Yes, he has a point, I guess. Men have to be careful with their adjectives.

Empty Billfolders May Shutter The Dictionary Of American Regional English

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 04.20.2015 | Arts

Language-lovers across the U.S. have the mulligrubs this month, and with good reason. The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE), which has ca...

Deliciously Disabled: Creating a Sexy, Accessible Dialogue to Describe Disability

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 04.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

Disability should be seen as sexy and fun, instead of sad and frustrating all the time. Being deliciously disabled doesn't mean that there aren't days where the experience of disability is altogether exhausting. Rather, it is a lexicon that accepts disability as is,

What's in a Name? A Tale of Prenatal Agony

Paul Ratner | Posted 04.17.2015 | Parents
Paul Ratner

I doubt parents a hundred years ago had access to 100,000 names at their fingertips. You named kids after your parents, royals or religious heroes. But the sheer amount of currently available information makes any choice almost paralyzing.

What Exactly Do You Mean?

Loolwa Khazzoom | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact
Loolwa Khazzoom

We frequently ascribe traits to someone (violent, intelligent, cheap, successful), on the basis of something irrelevant to the matter at hand, such as ethnicity, religion, sex, or nationality -- whichever we may take issue with, for reasons of our own ignorance or unprocessed baggage.

Is Basquiat's 'The Unknown Notebooks' Art?

Marlon Regis | Posted 04.02.2015 | Arts
Marlon Regis

Jean-Michel Basquiat passed at the tender age of 27 years young, yet his body of works isn't just someone's brilliant idea to fabricate the young artist's thoughtful 'scribbles' into some artistic sense of expression.

Don't Let These 5 Confusing Words Mar Your Image

Dianna Booher | Posted 04.02.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

Tom's an articulate physician, totally able to speak his mind and express a strong point of view. But when he repeatedly says "between you and I," that grammatical error has the same effect as a big splotch of mustard on the front of his suit and tie.

Word Gap? How About Conversation Gap?

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.01.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

It's estimated that poor children, by the time they hit kindergarten, have heard 30 million fewer words than their more fortunate classmates. The Clinton Foundation's Too Small to Fail initiative is just one of the national efforts to increase the quantity of language that underprivileged preschoolers are exposed to. But is quantity enough?

Jesus Died for Our Sins... What Does That Even Mean?

John Backman | Posted 04.01.2015 | Religion
John Backman

We humans are a mixed bag. There is a lot of goodness in us. There is a lot of brokenness in us. It would be marvelous if we could have the goodness without the brokenness. Much of humanity has dreamed of this for many, many years.

Lost in Translation: Brits v. Americans -- Whose Language Is It, Anyway?

Paula Froelich | Posted 03.31.2015 | Travel
Paula Froelich

Often, people travel from the U.S. to England wrapped in a sense of comfort, thinking, "Well, they speak the same language, so I'll be able to get by just fine." Or will you?

How a Slight Tweak in Words Changes Your Entire Organization

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Lisa Earle McLeod

Organizations whose goals focus on inward may experience short-term wins. But organizations with a customer-focused purpose create long term results.

Monolingual Myopia

Clayton Lewis | Posted 05.20.2015 | Education
Clayton Lewis

Debates are sizzling about the efficacy of American education in preparing students for the global economy. Graduates face escalating competition as millions of recent job entrants hit the market from expanding middle-class economies such as India, China and Brazil.

Proofreaders, Are You Missing These Easy Fixes?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Rob Reinalda

You're perusing it, admiring your handiwork. Then you see it. Ack! A rudimentary, easily fixed error is there in the text. It's standard-size type, but to your eyes it's in 54-point Bodoni Bold. And somehow, it's underlined. Blinking, too. Maybe even chuckling softly.

The Body of Michael Brown--A Response to Kenneth Goldsmith

Illya Szilak | Posted 05.17.2015 | Arts
Illya Szilak

Goldsmith's writing and performance of "The Body of Michael Brown" is problematic, not because he does not have the "right" to use the text, but because his use of it is fundamentally false.

Why Learning a Foreign Language Requires Complete Immersion

Allison Underhill | Posted 05.11.2015 | Travel
Allison Underhill

If you're anything like me (and the millions of other students who have suffered through our public school system), you know that the teaching styles implemented in schools don't really capture the true essence of foreign language.

You Go, Gurl!: How LGBTQ Literacies Create Social Justice in the Classrooms and Beyond

Michael Carosone | Posted 05.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

I do not believe in keeping information within the confines of academia. (What is the purpose of knowledge if it only remains within the ivory tower and tiny bubble that is the university?)

The Best Way to Learn Spanish

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 05.04.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

I've spent a big part of the past 30 years in Spanish-speaking countries, and I've been a full-time resident of Panama for seven. I figure it's time to learn to speak Spanish.