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So THAT'S What 'OK' Stands For

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 01.06.2017 | Arts

”OK” may be one of the most commonly used words in America. Want to grab a drink after work? OK. How are you feeling? I’m OK. Justin Bieber is t...

9 Slang Terms You Have To Be Colombian To Know

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 11.21.2016 | Latino Voices

Colombian slang terms can sound very odd. And chances are that, unless you’re from the South American country, you’ve probably never heard these w...

Word Origins Comics: The Graduation Brouhaha -- The Story Behind the Ritual

Larry Paros | Posted 11.10.2016 | Education
Larry Paros

Follow Larry Paros @ insomanywords.net Take words with Larry @ twitter.com/wordswithlarry facebook.com/wordswithlarry pinterest.com/wordswithlarry ...

Word Origin Comics: How to Become The Apple of Your Teacher's Eye

Larry Paros | Posted 10.18.2016 | Education
Larry Paros

Teachers: Help your students gain a heightened appreciation for the power of language through the story of word origins in our comic book format. I...

Word Origin Comics: The ABC's of Education

Larry Paros | Posted 10.15.2016 | Education
Larry Paros

Teachers: Help your students gain a heightened appreciation for the power of language through the story of word origins in our comic book format. I...

Word Origin Comics: How Learned Are You?

Larry Paros | Posted 09.27.2016 | Education
Larry Paros

Teachers: Help your students gain a heightened appreciation for the power of language through the story of word origins in our comic book format. I...

Word Origin Comics: The Great Myth Of Education

Larry Paros | Posted 09.19.2016 | Education
Larry Paros

Teachers: Help your students gain a heightened appreciation for the power of language through the story of word origins in our comic book format: I...

While You Were Out Living Your Life, 'Mom' Became A Compliment

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 09.15.2016 | Arts

You can be highbrow. You can be lowbrow. But can you ever just be brow? Welcome to Middlebrow, a weekly examination of pop culture. On Monday night, e...

Squee! A Dictionary Editor Defended The Use Of Internet Slang

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 09.14.2016 | Arts

Squee! Squee! The Oxford English Dictionary announced its quarterly update this week, and among its bevy of noteworthy new words is one that gained it...

These 50 American Slang Words Are In Danger Of Disappearing

The Huffington Post | Jenna Amatulli | Posted 09.09.2016 | Arts

We’re constantly hearing about saving eagles or giant pandas from extinction, but we rarely hear about words. Electric Literature reported on a camp...

Latinos Try To Decipher Dominican Slang With Hilarious Results

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 07.21.2016 | Latino Voices

Just because you speak Spanish doesn’t mean you’ll be able to understand what every Spanish speaker says. As this video by Flama proves, we all ne...

Stop Stealing Other Cultures For Fun

Zac Thompson | Posted 07.04.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Zac Thompson

There is nothing fun about seeing your culture appropriated and owned by an affluent middle class. It's time we stopped this despicable process. We need to stop branding the ideals of displaced people as something edgy.

Nigger vs Nigga

Chiaku Hanson | Posted 06.30.2016 | Black Voices
Chiaku Hanson

Nigger verses Nigga The term "Nigger" is a derogatory term used against Black people. The word was originated from the Spanish word "Niger" and ...

Where Did 'Dumpster Fire' Come From? Where Is It Rolling?

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 01.15.2017 | Arts

In 2009, sportswriter Mike Wise had just started a radio show at 106.7 The Fan, a Washington D.C.-area sports station. Wise, now a senior writer at Th...

I Am Not a MILF

Laura A Boggs | Posted 03.25.2017 | Women
Laura A Boggs

I am not terrible-looking, and I have kids, but don't even call me a MILF.

LOL, Internet Slang Around The World Is More Similar Than You'd Think

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 02.15.2016 | Arts

Finicky grammarians are quick to bemoan the unsavory act of texting. Messaging online -- without punctuation or proper spelling -- is the death of goo...

Dana Milbank Is No Yiddish Maven

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.23.2016 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

In his litany, Milbank unintentionally called Trump a criminal when he used the word "farbrecher." I suspect he was relying on websites that say it means "con man," but you can also find myriad websites supplying quotations that famous writers never remotely said.

Siri's Definition Of 'Bitch' Is Beyond Offensive

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 12.08.2015 | Black Voices

It seems people of color can't escape racial bias, even when talking to Siri. Apple iPhone's staple feature defines the word "bitch" in an even more o...

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 synonymous wi...

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

Larry Paros | Posted 10.16.2016 | Home
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 10.12.2016 | Home
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 10.06.2016 | Home
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 10.02.2016 | Home
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 09.30.2016 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

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 09.29.2016 | Home
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...