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Mental Illness: Talk About It More, Not Less

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 02.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peggy Drexler

When it comes to mental illness, the problem isn't how we describe those who suffer but how we as individuals ultimately choose to view them, which is just that: a choice. Instead of renaming the conversation, how about reframing the entire body of thought around the topic?

Hear Hear! Our Voices Are More Than Gay Voices

Sarah Prager | Posted 02.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah Prager

There is no perfect term for all of us (we are too wonderfully diverse for that) but "gay" is about as far from inclusive as you can get and I'm glad Huffington Post Queer Voices made the change like so many other organizations have done.

How Your Words Reveal Your Self-Image

Kare Anderson | Posted 02.04.2016 | Impact
Kare Anderson

Who's the most important person in the room? Find out by listening to the words people use.

My Journey Through Jibber Jabber: How Business Made Me Bilingual

Tony Endelman | Posted 02.03.2016 | Business
Tony Endelman

After years of experience in a variety of roles, I am comprehensively fluent in office jargon.

Clinton Could Have Had Relations with Teenage Staffer

Ian Ference | Posted 02.03.2016 | Media
Ian Ference

Although my (possibly fake) headline is rather extreme, it shows that headlines can manipulate and deceive without being false. Ditto for entire articles, by extension of the linguistic trickery explained in the explanation of the headline.

The Words You Use To Describe A Relationship Matter More Than You Think

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 02.02.2016 | Arts

You know that feeling you get when you're at dinner with friends -- or maybe it's someone you're just getting to know -- and excited talk of great bo...

How to Counter The Politics of Disgust

Anna Kegler | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Anna Kegler

My initial reaction to turning the term "disgusting" against Donald Trump is that it's a weak strategy because it maintains the feeling of disgust front-and-center, which doesn't really get us anywhere.

The Endless Balkan Language Politics Circus

Zarko Perovic | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Zarko Perovic

Last year, on June 23, the President of the Bosnian Serb Republic Milorad Dodik stated that the Bosnian language does not exist. He claimed that only the Bosniak, Croat, and Serbian languages exist. In response, Bosniak parents moved their children from school into temporary classes to learn Bosnian instead of Bosniak.

All Vaginas Are Welcome; Creating a Healing Space For Female Identified Persons

Pamela Madsen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Pamela Madsen

In this new age of expansion and inclusion; some of us are really working hard to create a safe space for all of it. That is the intention --- and trying to speak to all vagina holders at the same time and be inclusive is an ongoing challenge.

Confucius (and Mark Twain) Say: Boycott 'Health Care' and 'Health Care System' Unless That's What We Mean

John Weeks | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

I have a pet peeve. It's bigger than a peeve, actually. If I am right about what I am about to say, then I have both Confucius and the plain-speaki...

I Don't Like Poetry, I'm Not a Poetry Person

Tara Skurtu | Posted 01.25.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Every time I hear someone say "I don't like poetry," or "I'm not a poetry person," I think the opposite is true. I believe everyone is a poetry person. Poetry is just a form of storytelling, and we're born to tell stories.

Change Your Language, Change Your Life

Nozomi Morgan | Posted 01.22.2016 | Business
Nozomi Morgan

One thing I consistently see among my clients who have moved up from the unhappy, unsatisfied place they were in when we began working together is their use of PFO language.

The 5 Best Apps For Learning Spanish

France Francois | Posted 01.20.2016 | Technology
France Francois

Rather than buying more index cards and starting the tedious task of making flashcards out of every new word all over again, I whipped out my cell phone and started researching apps that could help me learn Spanish.

Being Mindful Versus Being Careful

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 01.15.2016 | Parents
Jennifer Hamady

I recently read an article in Business Insider about how often women overuse the word 'just'. In it, the author points out that it has become a 'permi...

Safety Concerns Shouldn't Trump Students' Global Adventures

Jane Swift | Posted 01.15.2016 | Parents
Jane Swift

For parents with students hoping to study or travel abroad next year, the recent horrific terrorist attack in Paris is a nightmare scenario. With three daughters myself, I understand the impulse to keep the kids in the house for, I don't know, the next decade or so. However, isolationism is not an option for me.

The Bilingual Advantage

Delfín Carbonell | Posted 01.14.2016 | Latino Voices
Delfín Carbonell

In the early fifties, as a young boy, I crossed the Atlantic aboard a TWA Super Constellation propeller airplane, from Madrid. After many hours we landed at Idlewild Airport in New York. A tallish, thin, blond young boy reached America and immediately felt at home.

Intensity Spectrums: Which Words Pop More Than Others?

Kathy Nimmer | Posted 01.13.2016 | Education
Kathy Nimmer

So take this "impressive" word challenge, have a "spectacular" time ordering a list of words, seek "extraordinary" results, and share this idea with the "magnificent" thinkers in your world who appreciate the subtleties of our beautiful language.

Hidden Stressors in Daily Living

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 01.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Mitchell J. Rabin

As a stress management consultant, through dealing with clients over the course of years, I've discovered that the common causes of stress such as wor...

What Does The Fox Say, And Why Is It Different In Every Language?

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 01.13.2016 | Arts

Words for the noises made by common animals are some of the first words we are taught, as linguist Arika Okrent points out in this fascinating new vi...

Here's Why 2015's 'Word Of The Year' Is Totally Unexpected... And Totally Revolutionary

Holly R. Cashman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Holly R. Cashman

If we accept that 'queer' is not just a synonym for LGBT, but a description of something that is revolutionary, something that challenges heteronormativity and the fixed nature of identities, then the anti-normative, non-binary, singular 'they' is a very queer word of the year indeed.

There Is a Language of Sustainability... But Is it English?

Ed Gillespie | Posted 01.09.2016 | Impact
Ed Gillespie

Whilst English is without question a fantastically diverse, kleptomaniac and effective language, I do wonder that it's very ability to take us into deeply detailed and jargonistic territory potentially further alienates us from some of the simple pleasures and deep connections in life

Dropping the Ball: The Problem With Sports Imagery in Political Campaigns

Robert Alexander | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Robert Alexander

The nexus between sports and politics is strong. For many, politics is sport -- complete with winners and losers. Yet, the stakes are so much higher in the political arena and unlike the NFL playoffs, over 200 million Americans actually get to participate in elections across the country.

Why 'Autistic' and 'Autism' Are Not Dirty Words

Haley Moss | Posted 01.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Haley Moss

Autistic appears to be an insult in this world. While cringing at the past tense usage, I replied to my conversation partner, "I am autistic. I have autism." Present tense. I live in a world where normally, it is safer to hide it than to be criticized for how I see myself.

These Taboo Phrases Are Actually Okay To Say

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 01.06.2016 | Arts

I have a tendency to pose my opinions as questions: “Was that essay a little underreported?” “What do you think about tacos for din...

Dana Milbank Is No Yiddish Maven

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.25.2015 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

In his litany, Milbank unintentionally called Trump a criminal when he used the word "farbrecher." I suspect he was relying on websites that say it means "con man," but you can also find myriad websites supplying quotations that famous writers never remotely said.