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What Do the Top Online Dictionary Lookups Tell Us, if Anything?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 07.20.2013 | Technology
Dorian de Wind

Since English is an acquired language for me, I am a very frequent user of English dictionaries -- and foreign language dictionaries, too, but more on...

'Gay Marriage' and 'Marriage Equality' -- Both Terms Matter

Murray Lipp | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Murray Lipp

When I started the Facebook page "Gay Marriage USA" in 2011 there was a very conscious decision made on my part to include the words "gay marriage" in the title.

My Hero, Chris Christie

Robin Lakoff | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Robin Lakoff

I cannot imagine a circumstance in which he would get my vote. (Well, maybe I can -- if for instance he were running against Ted Cruz.) But there are things about the man himself that I greatly admire.

Enough Already! 3 Overused Phrases That Drive Me Crazy

Shelley Emling | Posted 07.09.2013 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

In 2012, everyone seemed to have 'a bucket list' or issue 'a spoiler alert' or argue that something or other 'isn't rocket science.' Unfortunately there are more overused terms to replace them in 2013. And, as always, they tend to drive me up the wall.

How Biz Blab and Manipulation Erode the Nobility of Sales

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business
Lisa Earle McLeod

What does the phrase "state of the art" mean to you? How about "third generation?" Does that get you jazzed? Probably not. Yet this is the kind of meaningless language that fills most business presentations.

'Ultraconserved Words' From Last Ice Age Identified

| Posted 05.08.2013 | Science

By Elizabeth Norton If you've ever cringed when your parents said "groovy," you'll know that spoken language can have a brief shelf life. But freq...

Communication Is Dead and I'm Afraid of the Robots

Pari Mathur | Posted 07.06.2013 | Technology
Pari Mathur

Human conversations are now turning into people talking to their phones in short surges and sparks. Maybe it's just me? Maybe I am a dinosaur on the verge of extinction?

What Kind of African Doesn't Speak Any African Languages? Me.

Spectra | Posted 06.30.2013 | Black Voices
Spectra

By perpetuating the use of a single cultural marker to create an hierarchy of Africanness, aren't we simply deploying the same tools colonizers used to divide and conquer? Aren't we essentially continuing the work the British Empire started?

'Hear' to Stay: Cochlear Implants for Babies? Oh My!

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 06.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

Welcome to a whole new world where we can restore a child's hearing and give them the gift of language. What's next? In the not too distant future, we might repair a child's hearing at birth or give a blind child vision even before she leaves the hospital.

Why Translators Are the New Blacksmiths

Nataly Kelly | Posted 06.25.2013 | Technology
Nataly Kelly

Just as blacksmiths helped move us into the industrial age, our modern-day wordsmiths - translators and interpreters - will help us move from the current age, in which information is merely available, to an age in which information also becomes highly relevant and useful.

Labeled And Lost: A Teacher's Reflection

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 06.24.2013 | College
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Wesley Pepper I once spent a week in a special ed classroom as a student. I loved it because I was finally in a class with my best friend (who had ...

10 Free Things to Do in Cagliari, Sardinia (That Won't Suck)

Off Track Planet | Posted 06.23.2013 | Travel
Off Track Planet

From incredible beaches to flamingo-filled parks, Cagliari, the capital of Italy's feisty little island of Sardinia, is all about its history and shares its love for food, culture and music for free.

Why Preserving Ancestral Languages Is Key for Uplifting Immigrant American Communities

Rohit Kumar | Posted 06.23.2013 | Impact
Rohit Kumar

I think that when you know your ancestral language, you can fully understand your culture. You can see that in many spheres, your culture possesses profound wisdom and insight.

The Joy of Language Barriers

Shirley Wade McLoughlin | Posted 06.22.2013 | College
Shirley Wade McLoughlin

I continue to enjoy the nuances of navigating the language barrier, laughing with older Georgians as we share our languages' slang terms, as we engage in foolish but effective pantomimes, and as we correct one another on small specifics in each of our languages.

What's In a Name? An Immigrant's Perspective

Andrew Lam | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
Andrew Lam

Vân, Cúc, Trúc, and Trang; Dũng, Dai, Khôi and Phát. In my mother tongue these names carry music, cadence, poetry. They evoke for the listener i...

Are Your Metaphors Ruining Your Relationships?

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 06.15.2013 | Business
Lisa Earle McLeod

I admit it; I'm a language junkie. I believe that words matter. I was recently in a business situation that revealed how much our word choice can affect our relationships.

Rape, Murder and Swag

Dori Hartley | Posted 06.15.2013 | Media
Dori Hartley

We live in the "Let's talk about this" generation and although open communication on any number of subjects can be productive, there comes a moment where all of it becomes over-exposed.

The Word That Still Offends Post 50 Women

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 06.11.2013 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

A brief survey of my 50-something friends (at least the ones in the northeast region of the country) all agreed. They hated to be called 'Ma'am.' They thought it was synonymous with 'old,' or 'married.' Many were offended.

Remember the Alamo (and More)

Guy Cimbalo | Posted 06.09.2013 | Small Business
Guy Cimbalo

MEMRISE IS LOOKING TO CREATE A WORLD OF MEMORY CHAMPIONS Joshua Foer's 2012 bestseller Moonwalking with Einstein recounts his year spent training for...

The New American English Language (A Conversation About Words)

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 06.04.2013 | Fifty
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

The sounds which once were words communicate tonality solely as reflection of their once-inhabited relevance; i.e. "awesome" becomes an utterance of "okay." Words are stripped of specific meaning, now used as quick punctuation setting generic mood and tone.

Evolving Views: A New and Improved Flip-Flopping

Rajiv Narayan | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Rajiv Narayan

To say a politician has flip-flopped ties the politician to his changing position. Flip-flopping is an intentional action, an opportunistic one. Evolving evokes a metaphor external to the agency of a politician.

How Bilingual Brains Think Outside the Boxe(s)

Ben Thomas | Posted 05.25.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

The more complex a task was, the more strongly the bilingual kids out-scored their monolingual counterparts.

My Family's Funny Way With Words

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 05.25.2013 | Fifty
Helene Cohen Bludman

If we weren't having "hangibers" for dinner, our youngest might request "bazanya" (lasagna) or that old family favorite, "pisketti." At snack time we might have "bow wow pips" (bagel chips) or "Wheat Fings" (Wheat Thins), as our middle child used to say.

How Flawed Memories Teach Us What's True

Ben Thomas | Posted 05.22.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Thomas

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgJussi Hovenen sings songs that few people care to hear nowadays. He's the last rune singer in Finland -- the only living man who can still sing most of his ancestors' great ballads and epics from memory.

9 Words You Should Never Say Over 50

Shelley Emling | Posted 05.22.2013 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

There are a few words and phrases that -- according to some -- are just plain strange to hear coming out of the mouths of post 50s.