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'Arrival' Author Thinks Film's Written Alien Language 'Ought To Be Possible'

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 02.16.2017 | Arts

When science fiction author Ted Chiang first got the idea for “Story of Your Life,” the fictional work that would eventually be adapted into the O...

Neil Gorsuch? Originalism and the Fall of Icarus

Harold Lloyd | Posted 02.03.2017 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

Well, here we go again. With Neil Gorsuch as the current Supreme Court nominee, once more we hear praises of "originalism" as a judicial interpretive...

Dictionaries Are Tracking Trumpian Word Usage To Update The English Language

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 02.01.2017 | Arts

How much power does an American president have? Enough, apparently, to issue executive orders considered unsound by ethicists. And enough to alter the...

Seven Phrases You Should Stop Saying In 2017

Ben Hellwarth | Posted 01.31.2017 | Media
Ben Hellwarth

I know my list probably isn't complete, but, as Carlin said about his, it's a starter set.

So THAT'S What 'OK' Stands For

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 01.06.2017 | Arts

”OK” may be one of the most commonly used words in America. Want to grab a drink after work? OK. How are you feeling? I’m OK. Justin Bieber is t...

Why This Welcoming Sign Is Popping Up In Yards Across The Country

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 02.14.2017 | Good News

For HuffPost’s #LoveTakesAction series, we’re telling stories of how people are standing up to hate and supporting those most threatened. What wil...

Snipes On A Plane

Rona Milch Novick | Posted 12.23.2016 | Politics
Rona Milch Novick

Driving this a.m., the radio is filled with discussions about the incident on a JetBlue plane last evening, in which a passenger verbally confronted I...

Sadly, 'Puppy' Isn't Merriam-Webster's Word Of The Year

The Huffington Post | Jenna Amatulli | Posted 12.19.2016 | Arts

“Surreal” is Merriam-Webster’s (yes, the dictionary) word of the year. The announcement comes after Oxford Dictionaries’ choice of “post-tru...

How Learning a New Language Improves Tolerance

The Conversation US | Posted 12.12.2016 | Education
The Conversation US

By Amy Thompson, University of South Florida There are many benefits to knowing more than one language. For example, it has been shown that aging ad...

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...