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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 08.20.2015 | 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!

The Down and Dirty on Being "Gay"

Larry Paros | Posted 07.31.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Although there exists much controversy among scholars, the word most likely derives from the Old English gal for "lewd" and"lascivious" (which also gave us quite a "gal," a nineteenth-century British term for a prostitute) rather than the more obvious gai, from Provence in southeastern France, a word which earlier referred to courtly love and its literature.

Word Origin Comics: People Who Love People

Larry Paros | Posted 07.30.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

People, may I have your attention, please! It's time for some serious introspection. What makes you a real person? What persona do you show the world? What kind of personality do you have? Are you part of the faceless personnel which make up the world; or do you bring something personal to it?

Word Origin Comics: The End of Marriage as We Know It

Larry Paros | Posted 07.22.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

All good things must come to an end; so too with marriage. And it ain't cheap people. As Robin Williams once noted, "Divorce is expensive. I used to joke they were going to call it 'all the money,' but they changed it to 'alimony.'

Word Origin Comics: Kids, You Can't Live With Them and...

Larry Paros | Posted 07.15.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Kelly Corrigan reminded us that "If John Lennon was right that life is what happens when you're making other plans, parenthood is what happens when everything is flipped over and spilling everywhere and you can't find a towel or a sponge or your "inside" voice."

Super Cool Hip Teen Slang Updated For Boring Adults Like Yourself

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 07.09.2015 | Comedy

You do want to be a cool adult, right? Being an adult is hard. You're mostly working, paying bills, and you're not really considered cool an...

The Best Regional Slang Worlds From Around the Country

Thrillist | Posted 07.08.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

We as a nation have embraced all kinds of dumb slang, from "swag" to "hepcat." (Never mind, hepcat is awesome.) But some words never get out of specific pockets of America, where they easily weed out the locals from the transplants.

Word Origin Comics: Bread and Butter Issues for the Sexes

Larry Paros | Posted 07.08.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

How did men come to lord over women? Why is there nothing special about being a lady? How did man come to be considered the "breadwinner? For the answer to these and a few more intriguing questions about men and women and their relationship to one another, just read on.

Guns 'R Us: Our Violent Words, Our Violent Ways

Larry Paros | Posted 07.02.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Sooner or later, we'll just have to "bite the bullet" on the subject. A century ago, before anesthesia, it was common to give a wounded soldier a bullet to bite on in order to divert his attention from the pain of a battlefield amputation

Comics for the Spirit: On Becoming More Caring

Larry Paros | Posted 07.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Larry Paros

You know there's no "I" in "team," but believe that the "care" you need can be found in your "career." Unfortunately, you're looking in the wrong pla...

Word Origin Comics: Wow, Not Woe to Women!

Larry Paros | Posted 06.29.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

"What is a woman?" you might ask. Helen Reddy provided a partial answer in 1971 with her hit tune, "I am Woman," which she co-wrote with Ray Burton as a filler on her debut album.

Reflections of an Octogenarian: Education and the Symbols of Oppression: Charleston, Dixie, and the Confederate Flag

Larry Paros | Posted 06.24.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

As a retired educator, I often wonder whether my efforts have made any difference in the lives of my students or the course of the culture.

Word Origin Comics: How Careless Are You?

Larry Paros | Posted 06.24.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

You know there's no "I" in "team," but believe that the "care" you need can be found in your "career." Unfortunately, you're looking in the wrong place. Your career calls on you to be "careful" about your work but "careless" towards those closest to you.

29 Things Australians Say (That Americans Don't)

The Huffington Post | Aimie Rigas | Posted 06.22.2015 | Arts

Australians are fairly well known for their incredible ability to give everyone (and everything) a nickname. But there are some everyday phrases we ta...