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The Vulgarity of Our Times

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.26.2013 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

To me, the vulgarity in the novel was not its language. What truly makes me cringe -- the most vulgar and obscene things in life -- are humanity's ubiquitous displays of unrelenting greed, hatred, intolerance, and the unquenchable need of people to make war.

Learning Hindi for the Second Time

Rohit Kumar | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Rohit Kumar

As I strolled down the streets, and sat at one of India's northern hill stations, those who didn't know me would often look at me funny -- a full grown, bearded, well-dressed Indian man flipping through a stack of illustrated Hindi children's storybooks.

Language-Culture Ceiling and Breakthroughs of Immigrant Women Leaders

Fiona Citkin, Ph.D. | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Fiona Citkin, Ph.D.

When I lived in Europe, I taught English for a living. In the U.S., however, people keep asking me where I'm from. I never take it personally; still, I could not help but notice that the media foster the intolerance of non-native English speakers.

Christine Quinn and Gender Politics

Robin Lakoff | Posted 11.13.2013 | Women
Robin Lakoff

If you can't dish it out as well as take it, you'd better stay home, and everyone knows it. But only for a female candidate is this perceived as a negative -- although its absence would be equally perceived as a lack of assertiveness, an inability to play the game, an unfitness for office.

Your Mind on Language: How Bilingualism Boosts Your Brain

Dan Roitman | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business
Dan Roitman

From the moment sound waves enter your ear and become neural impulses, your brain executes this rapid-fire series of events that few of us are ever aware of, but without which we'd be unable to communicate.

Peace in Action, Part 1

Suna Senman | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Suna Senman

As conflict boils in Syria, the world remembers September 11th, a consequence of past failure to construct peace. Stepping up to responsibility, sever...

We Are Using the Same Words, But Are We Speaking the Same Language?

Nancy Colier | Posted 11.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

The problem is not so much that we are hearing different things in the same words, but the fact that we believe that we are meaning the same thing. This misunderstanding causes many of the problems that we run into in our relationships and indeed every form of human interaction.

9 Words You Probably Hate (And Why You Hate Them)

Madeleine Crum | Posted 09.05.2013 | Home

You could describe our relationship with words as love-hate. They often make us swoon, but sometimes, they make us cringe. It's not always their fault...

13 Clichés You Shouldn't Be Caught Dead Using

Posted 08.30.2013 | Home

Clichés are the worst. Aside from being indicative of lazy speaking and lazy writing, they are rarely used correctly, and even when they are, they ra...

When Did 'Sure' Become a Bad Word?

Adrienne Austermann | Posted 10.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Adrienne Austermann

Recently, I texted the simple affirmation "sure" as a rushed response to an invitation or suggested social event someone had extended to me. Thinking my response was a clear and appropriate one, I was surprised, confused and yes a bit annoyed by the onslaught of negative comments that followed.

It Ain't Just About the Word: Tell Us How You Really Feel, Riley

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 10.06.2013 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

The fact that Cooper felt comfortable uttering the nigger word in public speaks volumes to its continued usage in popular culture.

Viral Video Lampoons German Language, But What Do Linguists Say?

The Huffington Post | Melissa Cronin | Posted 08.03.2013 | Science

German just isn't the gentlest-sounding language -- at least not to the ears of English speakers. Just have a look and listen at the video above, whic...

Is There a Right 'Dose' of Swearing?

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 09.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

It would appear that there is a "dose" of swearing that works best. If you swear too much it reduces its benefit, but if you do not swear at all, you may not have as a high a pain tolerance. Swearing seems to have a protective effect -- to a point.

Its Not Grammar... It's Grammar

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 09.23.2013 | Home
Tarun Sakhrani

How often does your phone automatically correct your words? How often has a coherent sentence become one of absolute gibberish or at least one that ...

5 Business Writing Tips To Make Readers Hang On Your Every Word

Dan Roitman | Posted 09.15.2013 | Small Business
Dan Roitman

Your writing, after all, reflects your thinking. Disorganized or imprecise language often points to muddled thoughts, whereas direct, influential writing stems from a clear thought process.

Neanderthals Weren't Lost In Translation After All, Linguists Say

The Huffington Post | Melissa Cronin | Posted 07.14.2013 | Science

When you picture Neanderthals, you might imagine subhuman brutes grunting -- but new research suggests these ancient hominids were more articulate tha...

The Faithful Shopper: Best for Books

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 09.09.2013 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

It's been a couple of years since I've written about the independent bookseller scene - and thank the literary gods, it's as strong as ever! Between t...

The Language Trend I've Finally Embraced

Judith Natelli McLaughlin | Posted 09.10.2013 | Fifty
Judith Natelli McLaughlin

I am a lover of words. It says so in my bio and it has been going on for a very long time. I even made up the word ollymollymento somewhere in my sixth year of life. I'm not certain of its meaning, but I always liked the way it rolled off my tongue and sounded to my ear.

Tweet Or Text? The Acronym Guide For Dummies

Tammy Bleck | Posted 09.09.2013 | Fifty
Tammy Bleck

It all started with OMG, followed by LOL which quickly progressed into LMAO and ROTFL. It wasn't long before girls were discussing their BF and their BFFs and telling their parents they would BRB. It all adds up to TMI for many of us. Don't worry, for those you who are fast track impaired, I've provided a translation at the bottom of this post.

The Silent History: E-lit Looks to the Future

Illya Szilak | Posted 08.31.2013 | Home
Illya Szilak

I wonder what contemporary philosopher Giorgio Agamben would make of the brilliant new novel The Silent History.

How Corporate Jargon Shapes Corporate Culture

Liz Ryan | Posted 08.28.2013 | Business
Liz Ryan

When I was 19, I got burnt out on waiting tables and decided to become a part-time office bunny. I stocked up on office attire and went down to Kelly ...

Drinking Etiquette From Around The World

The Huffington Post | Emi Boscamp | Posted 06.28.2013 | Travel

When you share a beer with someone, there's a certain understanding: you're both there to relax. Beer is, really, the universal language. The only iss...

Ultrasound Obsession!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 08.22.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

And their language is Ultra-Orwellian!...

DISCOVERED: Rare New Language In Outback

LiveScience | Denise Chow | Posted 06.18.2013 | Science

A new language, one that combines elements of English with traditional indigenous speech, has been discovered in northern Australia, according to a ne...

Why It Makes More Sense Than You Know to Learn a Second Language

Dan Roitman | Posted 08.13.2013 | Business
Dan Roitman

As a language learner, you'll not only become a more conscious thinker and listener who can communicate clearly and think creatively, but you'll also gain the most significant benefit of multilingualism: a broader, more global perspective.