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This Word Is Harder To Define Than 'Schadenfreude' Or 'Antidisestablishmentarianism'

The Huffington Post | Jillian Capewell | Posted 03.21.2017 | Arts

What words give a Merriam-Webster lexicographer the most consternation? Some people might envision a list of 10-dollar terms like “verisimilitude,...

Neil Gorsuch? Originalism and the Fall of Icarus

Harold Lloyd | Posted 02.03.2017 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

Well, here we go again. With Neil Gorsuch as the current Supreme Court nominee, once more we hear praises of "originalism" as a judicial interpretive...

Why You May Be More Honest If You Swear Often

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 01.10.2017 | Weird News

Good news if you’re a potty mouth. Your penchant for profanity not only means you might have a bigger vocabulary or are more intelligent than your c...

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...

iMessage

Ellie Newman | Posted 01.02.2017 | Women
Ellie Newman

Replace "You should..." with "I'd like it if you..." Avoid unnecessary conflict and get more of what you desire. Find more on Ellienewman.com & Fa...

How To Find What To Say When You're at a Loss for Words

Melanie Young | Posted 12.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Melanie Young

"Seasons Greetings" and "Happy Holidays" are words many of us start and end conversations and emails with this time of year. But lately I've started t...

How to Find Prejudice Hidden in Our Words

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 11.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

By Jenn Director Knudsen Language can reveal our hidden beliefs and biases, such as the assumption that men are stronger at science than women, or b...

These Are The Words Even A Linguist Finds Disgusting

The Huffington Post | Allison Fox | Posted 10.20.2016 | Healthy Living

Some words just get under people’s skin. For example, “moist” incites such ire and disgust that researchers have actually studied why so many of...

Why Words Matter (In And Out Of The Locker Room)

Tammy Letherer | Posted 10.12.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Tammy Letherer

Ah, words! Especially to writers, they are more precious than jewels, as essential as air, and powerful enough to create entire worlds. We chase them,...

Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be Writers

Jacy Sutton | Posted 09.27.2016 | Arts
Jacy Sutton

Lately I've been having accounting fantasies. I dream about a career where there is a definitive answer. Where numbers either add up or they don't. Th...

Don’t Forget: ‘Trumpery’ Is A Synonym For Total Garbage

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 09.26.2016 | Arts

Every presidential election has its buzzwords. In 2008, “hope” rang throughout Obama’s winning campaign. In 2000, “SNL” satirized the stando...

Beyond Words Alone: Poets as Artists of the Intentional

Harold Lloyd | Posted 09.25.2016 | Home
Harold Lloyd

In his wonderful The New Book of Forms, Lewis Turco tells us that poets "focus on mode, on language itself." Focusing on language, a poet in Turco's ...

Friendship And Our Vagus Nerve

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 09.23.2016 | GPS for the Soul
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Jane Simon, M.D.

We don't often think that the nature of our friendships has a profound or major impact on our health and well-being. But a recent New York Times, art...

The Power of YOUR Words

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 09.22.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

You know the saying. "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me." A great saying that is taught to our children over and over, from one generation to the next, and from household to another. Yet, it is a lie.

The Gift Of Grit (With Gratitude To Angela Duckworth)

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 09.08.2016 | GPS for the Soul
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Jane Simon, M.D.

In summary, the passion and persistence of grit motivates and carries us over rough seas like a well-made surfboard. We can think of an absence of effort like a crack in our surfboard that needs repair.

Our Curative Breath

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 08.09.2016 | GPS for the Soul
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Jane Simon, M.D.

We can wake ourselves up by increasing our oxygen level by breathing deeply. Or conversely, we can put ourselves to sleep with a kind of meditation of shallow breathing, and repeating silently the words to the rhythmic "in" and "out" like a mantra.

It’s Time For A New Word To Describe Modern Relationship Statuses

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 08.04.2016 | Arts

Imagine seeing the same romantic partner for years. Maybe a friendship evolved into dating, which turned into a shared living space, shared rent and s...

How to Get People to Be Less Rude

Vanessa Van Edwards | Posted 07.28.2016 | Business
Vanessa Van Edwards

Let's face it, people can be rude. Mean. Unforgiving. But what if I told you that I have a way to get people to be less rude....using science?

What If We Stopped Speaking Negatively And Instead Used Words Of Kindness?

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 08.02.2016 | GPS for the Soul
The University of Central Florida Forum

By Elizabeth Santiago UCF Forum columnist Children usually begin speaking their first words about 11 or 12 months old. From "mama" and "dada" come mo...

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...

Loss for words: Art, language and the challenges of living on a changing planet

The Conversation US | Posted 07.19.2016 | Arts
The Conversation US

Faith Kearns, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources The common wisdom about climate change is that it's too big and...

How Did ‘Power Couple’ Become The New Standard For Success?

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.18.2016 | Arts

To the likely chagrin of language traditionalists, a bunch of edgy new words were added to the Oxford English Dictionary last month. BRB, TTYL, l8r an...

The Width Of My Reach

Allison Toepperwein | Posted 06.27.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Allison Toepperwein

When I started out on this journey, I did so selfishly. After all, exercise is the only thing proven to slow the progression of this non-curable disea...

5 Words You Should Never Say To Your Grandchild

Teresa Kindred | Posted 06.25.2016 | Fifty
Teresa Kindred

There are people who have a talent for sticking their foot in their mouth and those who just don't care what they say. Words are either gifts or weapons and I strive to keep what comes out of my mouth to be a gift. However, it's impossible to live as long as I have and not occasionally say something I regret.

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...