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When Listening Says it Best

Marcia Naomi Berger | Posted 02.03.2016 | Women
Marcia Naomi Berger

We might think that our spoken words express what people take in. Yet studies by Dr. Albert Mehrabian and colleagues [1] confirm the truth of the fam...

The Power We Give to Others' Words and Actions

Susie Wolbe | Posted 02.01.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Susie Wolbe

When was the last time you were upset, hurt, or disappointed by the words or actions of others? Was that negative response you had because of your r...

WATCH:There's Specifically One Word This Man Just Can't Say

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 01.19.2016 | Weird News

This guy from Northern Ireland has a very specific problem when it comes to saying the word "specifically." He just can't master its specific pronunci...

10 Modern Travel Words You Need To Know

Shanti Burton | Posted 01.19.2016 | Travel
Shanti Burton

We've all heard of the terms globetrotters, day trippers and wanderlust but have you heard of glamping, a solivagant or mancations?

Intensity Spectrums: Which Words Pop More Than Others?

Kathy Nimmer | Posted 01.13.2016 | Education
Kathy Nimmer

So take this "impressive" word challenge, have a "spectacular" time ordering a list of words, seek "extraordinary" results, and share this idea with the "magnificent" thinkers in your world who appreciate the subtleties of our beautiful language.

A Struggle With Words: How Mindfulness Maneuvered Its Way to the Top

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 01.13.2016 | GPS for the Soul
M. Shannon Hernandez

My word for 2016 is mindfulness. I spent the first two weeks in December deep in thought about which word to choose. Actually, let me back up. I di...

Want to Make 2016 the Best Year? It All Starts With a Word

Leona deVinne | Posted 01.08.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Leona deVinne

What's in a word? More than you might think. With the new year comes for many people resolutions, or at least the intention to do things better or d...

Musings on Words of the Year for 2015

Frank Islam | Posted 01.06.2016 | Impact
Frank Islam

In 2015, Oxford Dictionaries (Oxford) selection for word of the year announced in October was a pictograph - officially called the "Face with Tears of Joy" emoji. Not to be outdone, in December Merriam Webster proclaimed that its word of the year for 2015, was the suffix - ism.

Then You Really Might Know What It's Like

Rabbi Scott Fox | Posted 01.06.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Scott Fox

I'll admit it. I had the album. I really thought it was cool. The rugged truck on the cover, the first cowboy boots I'd ever seen in my life, Californian born and raised. The name of the CD painted with whitewash, white on black, right there on the driver's side door: Whitey Ford Sings the Blues.

Black Words Matter More

Phil Fragasso | Posted 12.25.2015 | Media
Phil Fragasso

Black words are purposely chosen for maximum impact. They cut deep, linger in the air, and endure in one's consciousness.

50 Fantastic Facts About The English Language

Paul Anthony Jones | Posted 12.16.2015 | Books
Paul Anthony Jones

@HaggardHawks' second birthday has already been celebrated online with a fiendishly difficult quiz, but to mark the occasion all the more, here are 50 of its finest language facts and words worth remembering.

20 Misused Words That Make Smart People Look Dumb

Dr. Travis Bradberry | Posted 12.03.2015 | Business
Dr. Travis Bradberry

We're all tempted to use words that we're not too familiar with. Point is, we can all benefit from opportunities to sharpen the saw and minimize our mistakes.

Exploring English In The Age Of Emojis

Marjorie Freimuth | Posted 11.12.2015 | Books
Marjorie Freimuth

If we didn't allow English to evolve, we would hardly have words enough to express ourselves in our modern society, and we'd still be greeting each other by saying "Ēadig, þec tō mētenne."

Watch Students Realize Arabic And Spanish Aren't Very Different

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 11.11.2015 | Latino Voices

"I basically speak Arabic."  That's how one Spanish speaker reacted after Barbara Estrada and Taylor Villanueva, two journalism students from the...

The Spirit of the Commander

Yael Wissner-Levy | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Yael Wissner-Levy

In an environment where the spirit, the ruach, of the commander is the one calling the shots, the rhetoric is the only thing we can cling on to. It won't move mountains, but it will install a discourse of hope.

Word Evolution: 11 Words that Mean Something Different to Entrepreneurs

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 11.02.2015 | Business
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Have you ever really thought about how terms take on new meaning over time? When I was a kid, the word "sick" actually meant sick. Today "sick" can also mean "amazing." Words and phrases evolve over time -- especially in the business world.

5 Words My Ex Uses to Describe Me

Shandra Carlson | Posted 10.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Shandra Carlson

Let's be clear. With any broken relationship comes some element of pain. We are created for connection, not disconnection. The story behind the brea...

Where Football and Butterflies Intersect

Kathy Nimmer | Posted 10.21.2015 | Education
Kathy Nimmer

I don't get nervous for my speeches, and I shouldn't as since the start of August, I've had nearly 70 audiences to address. Still, I need a little encouragement these last few minutes, and I am finding it by reflecting on a football team and a butterfly.

Why the Word 'Moist' Makes Your Skin Crawl

Hippo Reads | Posted 10.07.2015 | Science
Hippo Reads

Word aversion has drawn impressive pop-cultural coverage in the last five-or-so years. But despite all the talk of these fairly neutral words that we find so revolting, very little is known about why we can't stand them.

Henning Mankell: Theatre Resembles Life

Louisiana Channel | Posted 10.06.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

Since the very beginning of his career, Henning Mankell (born 1948) has taken an immense interest in theatre. As long ago as in the 1970s, he worked with Swedish theaters, writing and staging plays.

Sunset Girl: How Words Matter

Kathy Nimmer | Posted 09.21.2015 | Education
Kathy Nimmer

We can feel sad for others, and it is a gift we give them. We are saying that we wish better for them, that we so empathize with the place where they are that we ache for them.

The End of "Awesome"

A.J. Condeelis | Posted 09.15.2015 | Comedy
A.J. Condeelis

This is long overdue. I hoped the problem would go away, but it only seems to be getting worse. It is a slow lingering drawn-out death. The word "awesome" used to mean something.

Psychotherapy in (and of) Everyday Life

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

We don't often stop to realize that our daily interactions with other people -- to whom we might feel love, hate or indifference -- can help us bec...

The One Word That Successful People Never Say

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.05.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Words matter. What you say can affect how people perceive you. Ideally, the words you use will elevate you and motivate those around you. They shoul...

Labor Day Weekend: Music, Art & All-You-Can-Eat Tacos in Chinatown

Lisa Derrick | Posted 09.03.2015 | Los Angeles
Lisa Derrick

I wake up early some Sundays with a fierce craving that lures me into Boyle Heights. I have to eat Carnitas El Momo Acosta, consistently voted one of ...