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Call Them 'Unauthorized'

Dan Kowalski | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics
Dan Kowalski

The only thing that matters is whether, and when, we enact meaningful, and comprehensive, immigration reform. Toward that end, let's use language that's helpful rather than harmful.

How Girls Are Changing The Way We All Talk

The New York Times | Posted 02.28.2012 | Women

The linguistic quirks of teenage girls remain a topic of fascination among researchers, who note that young girls often start vocal trends. And as a n...

Native Americans Fight To Prevent Languages' 'Extinction'

Posted 02.18.2012 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 02/17/2012 06:56 PM EST on LiveScience VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Many of the wor...

Is That All There Is? What Does Anything Mean?

Yujhan Claros | Posted 04.17.2012 | Religion
Yujhan Claros

So what is meaning? What does anything mean?

Helping the World, One Translation at a Time

Nataly Kelly | Posted 04.08.2012 | Impact
Nataly Kelly

How did translation and interpreting companies give back and pay it forward over the past twelve months? Let us count the ways:

My Non-Spanish Speaking Life

Monique Frausto | Posted 03.21.2012 | Latino Voices
Monique Frausto

I look back, and although I've had a hard time growing up not speaking Spanish, I don't think I would change anything.

An Amazing Abuse of Language

Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.18.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

"Amazing" may have reached critical mass on the annoyance scale. Lake Superior State University in Michigan compiled a list of words it would like to see banned this year "for misuse, overuse and general uselessness."

100 Italian Culinary Words And Phrases

Food Republic | Posted 03.18.2012 | Home
Food Republic

If you haven't eaten your way across Italy yet, consider the advice of someone who has. Italian food varies dramatically from region to region, but you can rest assured that you will find pasta, wine, espresso and gelato wherever you go.

Help Me Understand...

John Joss | Posted 03.10.2012 | Media
John Joss

Our inability to express ourselves with clarity, simplicity and vigor is the death of effective human affairs. The light at the end of the tunnel is that we, if we care enough to speak and write properly, will shine.

Translate the Web While Learning a New Language

Joe Kutchera | Posted 03.07.2012 | Latino Voices
Joe Kutchera

With Duolingo, he hopes to solve two enormous problems for the developing world: bring down the incredibly high-price of computer language learning to nothing and improve the quality and quantity of online content in languages other than English.

Adventures in Hyperpolyglottery: Inside the Mind of Extreme Language Learners

Nataly Kelly | Posted 02.28.2012 | Books
Nataly Kelly

As it turns out, learning languages is easier -- and more pleasurable -- for some folks than for others. In fact, there is a group of individuals who find the process so enjoyable that they take it to another level entirely. They're known as hyperpolyglots.

Can The Language You Use Affect Your Weight?

Sophie Keller | Posted 02.21.2012 | Women
Sophie Keller

The everyday language that you use is really important and can influence your personal habits.

Word Play: The Language Wars

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.14.2012 | Books
Fern Siegel

Arguing about proper English usage has been going on for centuries. According to Henry Hitchings in The Language Wars, verbal mistakes -- and disputes -- are legion, from Shakespeare's time to our own.

The Most Offensive Phrase Ever

Zoë Triska | Posted 02.10.2012 | Books
Zoë Triska

"No offense, but..." has been a not-so-sly method of insulting people since (probably) the beginning of time.

Is The Way You Speak Sabotaging Your Career?

ForbesWoman | Posted 12.09.2011 | Women

The ability to communicate effectively and confidently has a dramatic effect on our ability to advance our careers. Yet many of us fall into the trap ...

Sh*t Girls Say: Hysterical Or Depressing?

HuffPost Living, Canada | Posted 12.06.2011 | Women

You hear it every day. On the subway, in the elevator, on the sidewalk: girls making completely inane statements that are worthy of an eye roll. Until...

WATCH: Morgan Freeman Teaches You To Rhyme

Zoë Triska | Posted 02.03.2012 | Books
Zoë Triska

When I was a kid, I thought great poetry had to rhyme. Poetry without rhyme was NOT poetry. It was filth, and I wanted nothing to do with it.

Language Over Time: What Do Hook-Ups, Blunts, and Lollipops Have in Common?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 01.30.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

When we were teens we'd ask someone to hook up after school and it simply meant that we wanted to spend time together. Now, when teens request a hook-up you can expect some random entanglement of body parts to occur.

Perfecting The Art Of Appreciation

Wendy Strgar | Posted 01.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Wendy Strgar

I remember childhood admonishments to say thank you and feeling more beholden than gratitude when I obliged. I wish instead, I had learned as a child the magic of appreciation.

A Language Comes Home for Thanksgiving

Nataly Kelly | Posted 01.24.2012 | Home
Nataly Kelly

Although they might not know the name of these Native people, many Americans celebrate the Wampanoag each year at Thanksgiving. But very few are aware that the group's descendants still live on their ancestral homelands.

The Etymology Of Muppet

Posted 11.23.2011 | Books

Originally posted on OUP's Etymology & Language Blog With the arrival of the new Muppet movie, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Beaker, and our other felt frien...

Lurv, Luff, Lub And Sometimes, Love

Dori Hartley | Posted 01.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Dori Hartley

Almost everyone can agree that the word "love" is jam-packed with power and meaningful emotion, but what I find most curious is how we deal with it when it's sandwiched in between the words "I" and "you."

Latin Americans Separated By The Same Language

AP | By STEPHEN WADE | Posted 12.21.2011 | Latino Voices

GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- The United States and England are often described as two countries separated by a common language. So imagine the potential for...

Speak Like Yoda, Do You? Language Experts Say Our Ancestors Did

Posted 12.14.2011 | Weird News

Speak like Yoda, did you? Two linguists say your ancestors did. New research published in the the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of...

Nice Girls Don't: My Language, What It Says About Me -- And What It Doesn't

Vicki Abelson | Posted 12.09.2011 | Women
Vicki Abelson

Until a few years ago, I don't think I'd ever written a curse word on a public forum. Then I thought, to hell with that.