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Beyond Words Alone: Poets as Artists of the Intentional

Harold Lloyd | Posted 09.25.2016 | Books
Harold Lloyd

In his wonderful The New Book of Forms, Lewis Turco tells us that poets "focus on mode, on language itself." Focusing on language, a poet in Turco's ...

There's Nothing More American Than Speaking Spanish. Here's Why.

The Huffington Post | Liz Martinez | Posted 09.19.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

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A Message For Wolf Blitzer, Serial Language Killer

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.19.2016 | Media
Lev Raphael

Dear Wolf Blitzer: Do you ever watch your own show on CNN?

Squee! A Dictionary Editor Defended The Use Of Internet Slang

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 09.14.2016 | Arts

Squee! Squee! The Oxford English Dictionary announced its quarterly update this week, and among its bevy of noteworthy new words is one that gained it...

Dogs Can Understand Human Speech A Lot Better Than We Thought

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 08.30.2016 | Science

You’ve probably heard the common wisdom that it doesn’t really matter what you say to your dog, as long as you say it in a nice way. Maybe you fou...

It’s 2016, And Even The Dictionary Is Full Of Sexist Disses

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 08.30.2016 | Arts

Define “shrill.” It’s a noun or verb or adjective, depending on the context, meaning, “having a very loud, high-pitched sound.” Great. Now, ...

After Outpouring Of Islamophobia, Oxford Dictionaries Suspends Most-Hated Word Survey

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 08.25.2016 | Arts

UPDATE: Oxford Dictionaries suspended its #OneWordMap most-hated words project today. An update to the blog post describing the feature stated: “We ...

Tips To Developing Positive Language With Clients

John Rampton | Posted 08.25.2016 | Business
John Rampton

In order to address possible insecurities or fractures in the freelancer-client relationship, it's important to develop positive language that helps the client feel optimistic about the project and about your communication.

Cricket? A Sticky Wicket

Bob Liff | Posted 08.24.2016 | Sports
Bob Liff

I can figure out all kinds of sports from the recent Olympics, including badminton, water polo and even that thing called handball which is nothing like the one-wall variety we played with a Spaldeen against the wall as kids.

Hey, Girl, The History Of The Word ‘Girl’ Is Actually Crazy

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 08.26.2016 | Arts

There’s “gal,” there’s “lady,” and now, there’s “kween” (comma, “yas”). The ways modern girls evade calling each other “girls...

11 Things Easier Than Speaking Your Native Language

Philip Sopher | Posted 08.23.2016 | Comedy
Philip Sopher

Ever since I started Accint, an iPhone app that connects language learners with native speakers for in-person, paid conversations, I've pondered this ...

Why You Use The Word 'Nice' When You Don't Know What Else To Say

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 08.12.2016 | Arts
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How often do you use the word “nice”? I have no idea how many times I physically utter the word “nice” in a single day, but I’d guess it’s...

Learning to learn: six language tips for traveling abroad

THINK Global School | Posted 08.10.2016 | Travel
THINK Global School

Last semester I had the opportunity to live in Florence, Italy, a city famed for its food, fine arts, and fashion. But during my time here what I was ...

Is Artistic Inspiration Contagious?

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 08.08.2016 | Arts
Greater Good Science Center

By Scott Barry Kaufman "The central, final, inescapable fact is that inspired words create life in us because they are themselves alive," wrote Engli...

Save CA Residents from a Language Drought: Vote 'Yes' This Fall

American Anthropological Association | Posted 08.08.2016 | Los Angeles
American Anthropological Association

This post was authored by: Netta Avineri, Assistant Professor, Applied Linguistics, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey; Susan ...

Mixteco/RVA--An Exploration of Linguistic Injustice in Virginia

Christine Stoddard | Posted 08.05.2016 | Impact
Christine Stoddard

Mixteco/RVA is a photographic artist book about the author's yearlong journey toward understanding linguistic injustice amongst Virginia's Latin American immigrants--Spanish-speaking and otherwise.

Sputnik, The Ugly American, and the Push to Improve FSI Language Training

ADST | Posted 08.03.2016 | World
ADST

Note: Our accounts contain the personal recollections and opinions of the individual interviewed. The views expressed should not be considered officia...

Why Can't We Remember Our Early Childhood?

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 08.01.2016 | Science
Greater Good Science Center

By Jeanne Shinskey Most of us don't have any memories from the first three to four years of our lives. In fact, we tend to remember very little of ...

How to Get People to Be Less Rude

Vanessa Van Edwards | Posted 07.28.2016 | Business
Vanessa Van Edwards

Let's face it, people can be rude. Mean. Unforgiving. But what if I told you that I have a way to get people to be less rude....using science?

OMG! Bill referred to young Hillary as a "Girl"!

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 07.27.2016 | Women
Robert S. McElvaine

Rachel Maddow and some other feminists need to get a grip. They profess horror that, at the outset of his DNC speech last night, President Clinton re...

Have Multilingual Customers? Here's a Solution for You (Interview With Ken Behan)

Zak Mustapha | Posted 07.27.2016 | Business
Zak Mustapha

What do you think are some important things to think about when entering the global economy for the first time?

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.