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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.

The Fascinating Science Behind 'Talking' With Your Hands

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.06.2016 | Science

If someone has ever made fun of you for making elaborate hand gestures while talking -- or you've seen footage of yourself speaking, only to be ...

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.

Beyond Development: Escaping the Linguistic Prison

Jonathan Dawson | Posted 12.22.2015 | Education
Jonathan Dawson

Today, as a society, the bars of our prison comprise the language we use to define the challenges we face and the range of options available to us, obscuring from view all kinds of new creative thinking and solutions that are potentially open to us.

20 Distinct Regional American Accents, Ranked

Thrillist | Posted 11.19.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

By: Megan Frye Credit: Jennifer Bui/Thrillist From sea to shining sea, the United States is one of the most culturally diverse countries on th...

Drunk Settlers To Blame For Aussie Accent, Lecturer Says

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 12.09.2015 | Science

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Security Is Cyber, Development Is Digital

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 10.14.2015 | Technology
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

E-, virtual, online, and net are gradually disappearing: This is the conclusion reached by the prefix monitoring of ongoing UN-based negotiations on global digital policy (negotiations on the 10-year review of WSIS, the World Summit on the Information Society).

We Can Identify A Friend's Voice After Hearing Just Two Words

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.13.2015 | Science

The human voice carries a great deal of information about who people are -- information that can be decoded in a way that allows us to rapidly identi...

Yogi Berra's Distinctively Well-Lived Life

Ken Reed | Posted 09.25.2015 | Sports
Ken Reed

It has been said that the only thing that really matters in life is who you become and the effect you have on other people. Berra's positive effect was as powerful as his muscular forearms. He was a man of uncommon decency and stood strong for equality and inclusion.

Which Curse Words Are Popular In Your State? Find Out From These Maps.

The Huffington Post | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 07.17.2015 | Technology

We live in a country of swearers. We swear at work, as well as home. Our politicians have dirty mouths too. Studies have even shown that cursing ...

Gabriel Arana

Maddow: What's With Jeb Bush's Weird Sound Effects?

HuffingtonPost.com | Gabriel Arana | Posted 07.08.2015 | Media

Donald Trump’s recent anti-immigrant comments -- in which he characterized immigrants coming from Mexico as rapists and drug dealers -- have the Rep...

Breathing New Life Into Native American Languages

Colleen M Fitzgerald | Posted 06.11.2015 | Science
Colleen M Fitzgerald

Linguistics lies in the borderlands of science and humanities, and nowhere is that shown more brilliantly than in the Breath of Life language reclamation model.

Here's Where That 'Let The Cat Out Of The Bag' Expression Came From

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 06.04.2015 | Science

Ever wonder where certain expressions came from? A new video (above) "lets the cat out of the bag" about that expression and three others that are as ...

How Technology Can Help Language Learning

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 06.03.2015 | Technology
Suren Ramasubbu

There is no doubt that computer aided language learning and computer mediated communication enhance teaching and learning experiences in the areas of linguistics and language intelligence.

Confessions of a Code-Switcher: 'Talking White' as an Accent

Joshua Adams | Posted 05.22.2015 | Black Voices
Joshua Adams

While we may speak similarly as another from the same culture, a racially monolithic way of talking is simply not possible. We deserve to give each other room for cultural background and experience, and should not force each other to conform into our conceptions of their group.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Noam Chomsky on How the World Map Encourages Racist Attitudes

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.15.2015 | Media
Tavis Smiley

Called "arguably the most important intellectual alive" by the New York Times, Chomsky joins us for a nuanced discussion on the ways in which culture and curricula are used to advance a Western worldview.

Word Orgin Comics: Leading a Charmed Life and a More Enchanting Existence

Larry Paros | Posted 06.05.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Introduce a little charm into your life? According to Miley Cyrus, "Turning on the charm without being fake is really important." It is, as Albert Camus noted, "a way of getting the answer 'Yes' without asking a clear question."

Crossing the Chasm to Coding: Three Career Backgrounds That Might Help You Convert

Anthony Hughes | Posted 05.27.2015 | Technology
Anthony Hughes

Companies like Uber and AirBnB are able launch full frontal assaults on the established market leaders because of the computing power we all carry with us all day, everyday.

Confessions Of a (Insert Your Major Here)

Uloop | Posted 05.17.2015 | College
Uloop

Don't judge people by their majors. Genuinely ask them what aspect they want to use their major for, and if they aren't quite sure, don't get all crazy on them. Be accepting, that is all.

People Who Love People: Read All About It in the Comics

Larry Paros | Posted 05.11.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Coupling with another, and confused by what's happening? Relationships. You can't live with them, and as everyone knows, you can't live without them.

Languages Are Mostly Made Of Happy Words

The Atlantic | Julie Beck | Posted 02.12.2015 | World

In the time of Twitter and Internet comments, it’s not hard to find language being used for evil. People take the remarkable human capacity for comm...

The Middle Class (Thinks It) Knows Best: Daring to Intervene in Disadvantaged Households

American Anthropological Association | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
American Anthropological Association

Because the way we talk is deeply enmeshed with how we think, feel and act in the world, our critiques of how others speak are frequently a smoke-screen for our critiques about other aspects of their lives.

One Family, Two Dads, Three Languages

Jason Howe | Posted 03.22.2015 | Parents
Jason Howe

"No quere ... dormir," mumbles Olivia as her breathing deepens and her eyes finally stay shut. She means "no quiero dormir," "I don't want to sleep" in Spanish, but her conjugations haven't quite come in yet. I don't care. It's been an hour and a half, she's finally asleep in any language, and I tiptoe out.

Here's The Real Story Of Where This Expression Comes From

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.11.2014 | Science

"OK" is certainly one of the most common expressions in the English language--and one of the most versatile. After all, it can be used as an adjectiv...

7 Things to Know About Native American Languages

Colleen M Fitzgerald | Posted 01.08.2015 | Impact
Colleen M Fitzgerald

The month of November is Native American Heritage Month. A recent editorial by Kevin Gover, director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian, suggests that "the vast majority of Americans have a limited -- and often mistaken -- understanding of Native American history."