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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 ...

Hillary vs. Donald

Justin Frank | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
Justin Frank

Hillary Clinton blamed Donald Trump's rhetoric as the kind of speech that can "trigger someone who is less than stable." While she made these remarks after the Charleston shootings, they were before two Boston rednecks beat senseless an apparently homeless illegal immigrant.

Dear Oxford Dictionaries, 'Pwnage' Is Not A Word And Never Will Be

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 08.27.2015 | Arts

Dear Oxford Dictionaries, We love you, and we use you all the time. Lovely definitions. Wonderful example sentences. You’re great, really. But ...

6 Steps to Deleting the 'R' Word

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

The next time you see a middle-schooler or even a peer use derogatory terms, make faces or inappropriate impressions or gestures related to disability, take that opportunity to talk about it. It all starts with a conversation. A conversation many won't have, unless you bring it up.

Words Can Hurt; Words Can Heal

Becky Holland | Posted 08.24.2015 | Parents
Becky Holland

It is late at night that the words sneakily return and disable reasoned thinking. The ceiling becoming a notice board for my thoughts, all pushing for my attention. "Could I have done more?"

What's so Funny About Political Correctness?

Craig E. Sherman | Posted 08.08.2015 | Entertainment
Craig E. Sherman

People say that our society has become too sensitive. Donald Trump's comments at the debate seemed to rile even further the political correctness cynics. Just because some hide irresponsibly behind political correctness doesn't mean we should eliminate the practice all together.

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


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...