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

Anthony Hughes | Posted 03.27.2015 | 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 03.18.2015 | 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 03.11.2015 | 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 02.17.2015 | 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."

Ancient Disk's Mysterious Code Finally Cracked

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.28.2014 | Science

Scientists have been trying to decipher the mysterious "Phaistos Disk" ever since the 4,000-year-old clay disk was discovered in 1908 on the Greek isl...

Two Traditional Languages Evade Extinction With the Internet

K. David Harrison | Posted 11.24.2014 | World
K. David Harrison

The National Geographic Enduring Voices Project has just launched two new "Talking Dictionaries" for Yokoim and Panim, two small and endangered languages making their internet debut in 2014.

A Linguistics Take On The Pronunciation Of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Alanna Lynch | Posted 11.23.2014 | Taste
Alanna Lynch

I decided to take on the challenge of mediating the argument between "Ree-says" and "Ree-sees."

Here's The One Word Everyone Is Saying/Writing Right Now

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 08.06.2014 | Books

We all love slash can't stop using "slash."

The Word I Wish We Didn't Have to Use

Ravishly | Posted 09.14.2014 | Women
Ravishly

I wish there were another catch-all word like "feminist" that I could use to express my belief that all people -- male, female, transgender and otherwise -- should have the exact same fundamental rights and opportunities in this world we share. "Gender-equalist," perhaps? "Advocate for gender fairness"?

'The Language Gap' -- Liberal Guilt Creates Another Not-So-Magic Bullet

Susan D. Blum | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Susan D. Blum

Well-meaning liberal academics are attempting a magic solution to what is indeed a heartbreakingly enduring reality: Social inequality is inherited -- not biologically, but socially.

Verbal Safe Haven

Lianna Serko | Posted 06.18.2014 | College
Lianna Serko

I think it is human nature for people to be wary of the way others perceive and interpret their thoughts. And I think that this is the root of the trend to tend towards expressing our beliefs in terms of "feeling" rather than "thinking."

Code-Switching with the Language of Social Media

Simon Tam | Posted 06.15.2014 | Technology
Simon Tam

In recent years, an entire lexicon of digital language, with its own jargon and rules, appeared before our eyes. But what happens when you can't connect with your audience?

Farewell "Bi" for Now, Hello "Diverse!"

Gary North | Posted 06.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Gary North

I'm tired of scientists, sociologists, politicians and religious leaders pontificating on whether I exist.

Are You Guilty of Using These Malapropisms?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 05.19.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

To set things straight -- and with a nod to Mrs. Malaprop (go on, Google it) -- I offer the following glossary, with which all writers, editors, and other communicators should become familiar.

What Makes A Voice Attractive? New Study Yields Surprising Answer

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.25.2014 | Science

Why are some voices more attractive than others? It's complicated. Previous studies showed that men tend to prefer women with high-pitched voices, ...

On the Origin of F*ck

Kate Wiles | Posted 04.20.2014 | Books
Kate Wiles

One origin story for f*ck is that it comes from when sex was outlawed unless it was permitted explicitly by the king, so people who were legally banging had Fornication Under Consent of the King on their doors, or: F.U.C.K. But obviously that's wrong. And if you do believe that, stop it. Stop it right now.

Are You Botching These Smart-Sounding Words?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 04.01.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

Perhaps the most common of these offenses occurs with the lengthening -- by a mere syllable, sometimes -- of the correct word to make it the wrong one for the circumstances.

Uptalk in Southern California

Amanda Ritchart | Posted 03.12.2014 | College
Amanda Ritchart

"Ditzy" females are to be accepted as a necessary evil, but now a study finds that males can be "ditzy" too? Shocking!

Functional Literacy for All

Walter Dean Myers | Posted 03.02.2014 | Education
Walter Dean Myers

Let's teach caretakers and young parents how to read and interact linguistically with babies and toddlers. Let's carefully explain to grandmothers and uncles that they have a gift to give to their children -- the gift of functional literacy!

Are Brits Lazy Linguists ?

Aleeka Kay Edwards | Posted 02.22.2014 | Hawaii
Aleeka Kay Edwards

Most of the expats in Hawaii don't need engineers, lawyers or doctors within their first few months of living here. They need someone to help them with phonetics.

Scuttle the 'Bully Pulpit' Metaphor

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

As it is often said that "elections have consequences," in fact so do words. Therefore, let us assign and bury the "bully pulpit" to the archives of linguistics.