iOS app Android app

Language

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

...

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.

3 Requirements Any Business Should Have for Their Foreign Language Training Provider

Ryan McMunn | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
Ryan McMunn

My interview on Worldwide Business with Kathy Ireland will be soon so I will be taking a departure from the series that started with "6 Tips From a Gl...

How Technology Can Help Language Learning

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 06.03.2015 | Technology
Suren Ramasubbu

There is no doubt that computer aided language learning and computer mediated communication enhance teaching and learning experiences in the areas of linguistics and language intelligence.

Totally Loving This Game of Words With Enemies

James Napoli | Posted 06.01.2015 | Comedy
James Napoli

It's real fun and everything, coming up with crazy, half-baked words that you don't even know, but then you run it by the Words with Friends database and hey, presto, they accept it.

Josh Duggar's Acts of Sexual Abuse Are Not 'Alleged'

Chelsea Stone | Posted 05.27.2015 | Entertainment
Chelsea Stone

There is proof, including the admissions of the perpetrator, his parents, and wife, that Josh Duggar sexually abused young girls. There is nothing "alleged" about this. "Semantics," maybe you say. "Rape culture," I reply.

Time to Kill the Term "Officer-Involved Shooting"

Craig Martin | Posted 05.26.2015 | Media
Craig Martin

This term serves to utterly obscure the role of the police officer, his or centrality to the incident, and indeed who is doing the shooting at all.

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.