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Texas Is So Insane It's Now Slang For Crazy In Norway

The Huffington Post | Whitney Meers | Posted 10.22.2015 | Weird News

Blame it on the rodeos, the enormous cowboy hats, the passion for high school football or the Bush dynasty: Texas is so nuts it's become synonym...

Word Origin Comics: Could You Be a Bigot? Only Your Beard Knows for Sure

Larry Paros | Posted 10.16.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Bigots take things at face value, and in today's world any swarthy male with a beard tends to invoke suspicion. Beards do, after all, have their detractors.

Word Origin Comics: That Certain Something in the Air -- Could it be You?

Larry Paros | Posted 10.12.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Good writers never put on airs. What makes me mad is arrogance, pretension, putting on airs. ...

Word Origin Comics:How Classy Are You Really?

Larry Paros | Posted 10.06.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Let's have a class about class. It's not easy.

Word Origin Comics: For Witty People and Sophisticates Only...All Others Go Away

Larry Paros | Posted 10.02.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

"Despite all that education and experience can do, I retain a certain level of unsophistication that I cannot eradicate and that my friends find amusi...

The Ultimate Guide to Hollywood Meeting Terminology

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment

Development and acquisition talk can be another language to some. Below we will cover some of the most common terms that screenwriters may come across.

Word Origin Comics: Snobs of the World Unite! You Have Nothing to Lose But Your Disdain

Larry Paros | Posted 09.30.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Is that your nose that's up in the air? Could you possibly be a snob? "People who hold important positions in society are commonly labeled "somebodi...

Word Origin Comics: So What Do You Really Know...Anyhow?

Larry Paros | Posted 09.29.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Do you feel that the genius in you has somehow been overlooked?

Word Origin Comics: Let's Hear it for all the Fools and Silly People Out There!

Larry Paros | Posted 09.22.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

For all you grim rationalists who traffic in sound logic: "Do a loony-goony dance 'Cross the kitchen floor, Put something silly in the world That ...

Word Origin Comics: Idiots or Idiosyncrasies. You Pays Your Money and You Takes Your Choice

Larry Paros | Posted 09.11.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Pick from the following: "Fletcher appeared beside her. He peered at the baby. "Can it do any tricks yet?" "I'm still working on it. Want to hold he...

Word Origin Comics: By the Sweat of Our Brows We Shall Know Thee

Larry Paros | Posted 09.08.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

At present the distinction [between highbrow and lowbrow books] is certainly used to allow us the satisfaction of despising certain authors and readers without imposing on us the labour of showing that they are bad.

Why We Should Stop Calling Women 'Guys'

Michael Jascz | Posted 09.08.2015 | Women
Michael Jascz

If Women are 'Guys', are Men 'Gals'? Around five years ago, it struck me that the term 'guys' had become commonplace in referring to both men and wom...

Word Origins Comics: It's Hip to Be Square

Larry Paros | Posted 09.04.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Enough about oddballs and out of the box activity. Let's hear it for the ordinary folk, their humble origins, and their impact on the language...

Sorry, White People, Sylvia Plath Did Not Invent 'Basic'

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 08.28.2015 | Arts

Guys. I thought we’d been over this. I thought it was settled. “Basic,” a slang term perceived by mainstream white America as refer...

Word Origin Comics: Who Are Those Masked Men and Crusading Women?

Larry Paros | Posted 08.27.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Guess who? "They are the ones who act first and talk later. They are fiercely independent thinkers who know how to fight the lizard brain (to use Set...

5 Slang Phrases That Perfectly Sum Up Why Hawaii Is So Damn Happy

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 08.26.2015 | Healthy Living

Hawaii is often defined by its awe-inspiring beauty, but for those lucky enough to live there, the Aloha State is much more than an idyllic paradise. ...

Word Origin Comics: Black Sheep and Bellwethers... and Lambs to the Slaughter

Larry Paros | Posted 08.21.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Tend to get fleeced? No sense being sheepish about it. It's merely time to separate the sheep from the goats. But not without a word of warning.

What the *!@?!#: Four Letter Words: Things of Beauty and a Joy Forever?

Larry Paros | Posted 08.21.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Four-letter words and their ilk are everywhere. They have come to occupy a formidable role in our culture--in our everyday language, entertainment, literature and music. Where do they belong--limbo, hell, or whatever? Be that as it may, it is now time to put them and their ilk into proper perspective. What better way than through a manifesto? ...So Ta-Da!

12 Words Black People Invented, And White People Killed

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 10.19.2015 | Black Voices

Lately, there's been a lot of talk about cultural appropriation and black culture -- the coopting of traditionally black: hairstyles, fashio...

Word Origin Comics: What's So Kind About Kindness and is it Only for Your Kin?

Larry Paros | Posted 08.19.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

There is no more hokey and maddening a tune than "Small, Small, World," especially when confined to a small vessel at Disneyland and having it hammered over and over again at you.

Here's Some Slang You Only Hear On These College Campuses

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 08.19.2015 | College

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Teachers Wanted... Forget It, I've Got Better Things to Do

Larry Paros | Posted 08.14.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

Autonomy is really at the nub of it all. Teaching is an art, and we need to respect the artist and give him full reign in his expression.

Word Origin Comics: Thoroughbred or Mutt? Your Family's Lineage Finally Laid Bare

Larry Paros | Posted 08.14.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Take pride in your lineage? All well and fine to honor those on whose shoulders you stand. But let's not get carried away with it. As Neil DeGrasse Tyson noted, "If you need to invoke your academic pedigree or job title for people to believe what you say, then you need a better argument.

Here's What Would Happen If 1950s Fashion Models Were Still Around Today

Lindsay Ferrier | Posted 08.12.2015 | Style
Lindsay Ferrier

Times have changed since the 1950s -- and that's definitely a good thing. If fashion models of the 1950s could time travel to 2015, I have a feeling things would quickly get out of hand. Take a look...

Word Origin Comics: What What Does It Take to be the Best? This One's for You!

Larry Paros | Posted 08.05.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Stand out from the crowd! Break new ground! Go the Extra Mile! Dare to be great! And then flaunt it!