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Word Power

Richard M. Cohen | Posted 08.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard M. Cohen

The power of language to define or wound cannot be denied. All of us know expressions that demean based on race and gender or mental health. I once heard a surly neighbor call my father a cripple. Unkind language keeps narrow-minded attitudes alive.

9 Words You Probably Hate (And Why You Hate Them)

Madeleine Crum | Posted 09.05.2013 | Books

You could describe our relationship with words as love-hate. They often make us swoon, but sometimes, they make us cringe. It's not always their fault...

To This Day Project: Interview with Anti-Bullying Video Creator Shane Koyczan

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Shira Lazar

Based on a powerful spoken word problem, Shane Koyczan's To This Day Project explores the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual.

BRB, I'm Throwin' Down: A Survival Guide for Teenage Slang on the Internet | Posted 10.30.2011 | Comedy

It appears teenagers have become sentient. They're infiltrating our society, they've learned how to walk upright (sort of), and they've even started to create their own cryptic language.

Finding Love In Bookstores: An Eyewitness Account

Slate Magazine | Emma Straub | Posted 06.04.2011 | Books

Several years ago, when I was not a bookstore employee but merely a regular customer, I wrote up BookCourt, an independent bookstore in Brooklyn, for ...

Google Tool Explores 'Genome' Of English Words

The Guardian | Alok Jha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

These are just some of the questions that researchers and members of the public can now answer using a new online tool called the "Cultural Observator...

On Words: 'Global Warming' Meets Astrology

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with Friday a little, light, linguistics lesson. Breaking from TheGreenGrok formula of sharp, cutting-edge pieces...

Grammar Pet Peeves: 7 'Words Almost Everyone Mixes Up Or Mangles' (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

As a kid, did you ever dread being sent to the principle's office? Or have you ever asked someone to be discrete with delicate information you've giv...

What's in a Word?

Jon Foreman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jon Foreman

In many ways, words are metaphors pointing to the objects they represent.