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13 Pretty "Shimmer-Words" to Make You Sound Cooler

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 07.24.2015 | Education
Lulu Salavegsen

The only thing that creates a similar eruption of discovery-joy and elation to my finding a book that finds me and the excitement and anticipation to read it is...

Cultural Evolution and Language Mavenry, Or Why Making Fun of People Who Mix Metaphors Is Not a Waste Of Time

Dan Cloud | Posted 07.26.2015 | Science
Dan Cloud

The discovery that I may actually be accomplishing something with my language snobbery is a serendipitous result of our ongoing effort to find a workable theory of cultural evolution.

15 Words and Phrases that Deserve to Die

Frederick W. Schmidt | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business
Frederick W. Schmidt

With spring cleaning behind us, it's time to reexamine the language we use and the real meaning of some of the expressions that have found their way into our vocabulary.

Words Matter

Dorothy Howe Kelley | Posted 07.10.2015 | Parents
Dorothy Howe Kelley

In this age of texting, cringe-worthy slang and the elimination of cursive handwriting taught in schools, can we take a collective moment and mourn the passing of grammar, as we once knew it? Admittedly, I was a word-thirsty kid.

Don't Ask, Won't Tell

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.30.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Use Your Words

Jessica Denis | Posted 06.25.2015 | Women
Jessica Denis

Writing has always been a passion of mine, until it wasn't any more; due to harsh words. I guess the short version of this is there are many words people use every day. Choose yours carefully.

17 Cringeworthy Words That Are Almost Worse Than 'Moist'

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 06.12.2015 | Fifty

Some words and phrases are like music to the ears -- and others, like nails on a chalkboard. If words like "moist" gross you out, you're not alone. It...

The One Word That Honest Leaders Never Say

Brian de Haaff | Posted 05.28.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Did you work for a boss who said "Trust me!" and then went on to hurt you? When this happens, it is not only a sucker punch to the gut. It has lasting implications.

9 Words That Don't Exist, But Definitely Should

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 05.29.2015 | Comedy

The world is always changing, and it starts with your dictionary. Case in point: Dude, totally been there. Similarly, here are some of our ow...

13 Unusual Words, Beautifully Illustrated

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 05.28.2015 | Arts

Mellifluous -- a pleasant-sounding word used to describe pleasant sounds -- is a keen example of the wondrous, labyrinthine nature of language. In an ...

You Just Kinda Wasted My Precious Time: Dylan's Cold Apperance on Letterman a Let-Down

Lauren Daley | Posted 05.26.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Daley

If my dad or mom calls me after 11 p.m., my first thought is not emergency, but that one of them just found either Bob Dylan or Neil Young on TV. We Daleys are a proud Dylan-and-Young-loving people.

Are Words a Window to the Soul? My Journey as a Dad, at Work and in Life

Karthik Rajan | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Karthik Rajan

There is a time and place for a no, a child trying to put a hand in a stove is a classic example. For less time-sensitive endeavors, I always wondered, is there something better than "No, you cannot have ice cream unless you have your dinner," with hands on our hip?

Top Hip-Hop Artist Brings Awareness to the Killing Fields

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Lauren Kruczyk

With lyrics in Khmer and English and a focus on Killing Fields era legacies, Khmer American rapper praCh Ly's first album, Dalama, was not only credited with introducing hip-hop to Cambodia--it introduced this history to a new generation largely unaware of its genocidal past.

Focus On Your Words, and You Can Change Your Life

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Wolfe

Writers know how much easier it would be to dismiss our thoughts, to brush them off and become part of the unconscious masses who struggle to put together 140 coherent characters. We understand the ease of dashing off an idea, pushing submit and walking away, and yet we continue to push through the pain of process. Why?

The Power of Your Words

Darren Hardy | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Darren Hardy

You have a responsibility to the people you care about. Your words, your validation, your affirmation can change people's lives. This is as true for your children and your spouse as it is your clients.

10 Ways Writing Can Help You Become a Better Runner

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Jason Saltmarsh

When you open a running journal it should remind you of what you love about the sport. Your journal should have amusing doodles in the margins and dog-eared pages that recount your greatest efforts or darkest days of injury.

The Most Important Thing I See In Pictures Of My Kids

Kate Parlin | Posted 07.06.2015 | Parents
Kate Parlin

I wade through their words as I walk to the bathroom. I trip over them as I make my way down the stairs. Their words are everywhere.

Who God Is

KidSpirit | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion
KidSpirit

At some point I accepted that God was never going to be a large part of my life, but, then I really began to rethink my original perception of Him. My attitude towards religion and religious people began to soften.

Bully No More

Christine Hoh | Posted 04.28.2015 | Women
Christine Hoh

These negative words are words often used by a bully. Many of us are familiar with the character that just constantly tormented us. I realized that this bully character, which I thought I said farewell to after my teen years, never disappeared in my life. And that person was me.

8 Things I Never Said When I Was 5

Nicki Gilbert | Posted 04.08.2015 | Parents
Nicki Gilbert

When I was 5, it was a different decade, a different era, even a different world. I hear these new-sounding words out of the mouth of my babe, and I appreciate just how far we've come from rotary dialing and meatloaf for dinner.

You Might Be Using These Popular Words All Wrong

Grammarly | Posted 03.20.2015 | Books
Grammarly

Words improve the quality of our writing, and what better time to celebrate this than January 18: Thesaurus Day. It's no secret that all of us here at Grammarly are word nerds, but some of these definitions were a shock to us, too!

These Days, Is 'Love' Meaningless?

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 03.18.2015 | Women
Alexandra Villarreal

As a concept, love has always fascinated me. The word itself is dull at best; one syllable, two vowels, four letters. But it's humanity's obsession, the one thing we crave more than wealth and power.

67 Bizarre But Useful Words You Should Start Using Immediately

David Grambs | Posted 02.25.2015 | Books
David Grambs

In vocabulary, English is the richest modern language. It is constantly surprising even to those word gatherers among us who spend much time exploring dictionaries, especially the larger and older lexicons that harbor thousands of neglected words -- words that may be a bit dusty but are none the worse for disuse.

You Can't Say That

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 02.19.2015 | Comedy
Nicole Jankowski

It started with "moist." At first, it wasn't so much the word itself, but the way it combined with other words to make them seem... inappropriate. I...

12 Beautiful Truths About Life and the World

Elyse Gorman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Elyse Gorman

We have been taught to look outward for the answers to our problems. But the truth is, your soul knows what to do. Trust that you have everything you'll ever need inside of you right in this moment.