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8 Must-Reads For Language Lovers

Alena Graedon | Posted 04.17.2014 | Books
Alena Graedon

There are, in fact, many excellent books about books and words. Here are just a few.

Farewell "Bi" for Now, Hello "Diverse!"

Gary North | Posted 04.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Gary North

I'm tired of scientists, sociologists, politicians and religious leaders pontificating on whether I exist.

How to Speak English Like the Irish On Paddy's Day

Benny Lewis | Posted 03.17.2014 | Travel
Benny Lewis

Listen and learn! And if you can't follow along, then you may be a plastic paddy.

More Than 2,000 Schools Adopt Grassroots Campaign To End The Use Of The 'R-Word'

The Huffington Post | Lauren Betesh | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact

You've heard it said, you may have spoken the word yourself, but Soeren Palumbo and Timbo Shriver are intent on eradicating it from the English langua...

To the People That Are Offended by the Word 'A**hole'

Sarah Fader | Posted 03.05.2014 | Parents
Sarah Fader

It's okay to feel frustrated with your children. It is okay to be angry at not being able to control a situation. We are all humans, including our kids, and hence, we are not perfect. We're deeply flawed creatures. A part of being flawed is recognizing that we may have angry thoughts related to our children when we are having a bad parenting day.

13 Words You Probably Didn't Know Were Coined By Authors

Paul Anthony Jones | Posted 02.20.2014 | Books
Paul Anthony Jones

Shakespeare isn't the be-all and end-all of course (that's another of his by the way). English has had its fair share of literary giants over the years who, from Chaucer and Milton to Dickens and even Dr. Seuss, have each contributed words to our language.

Killing Them Softly

Kanan Dhru | Posted 04.05.2014 | World
Kanan Dhru

The pressures of modernity have resulted in many casualties. In this battle between the head and the heart, the language with international acceptability, the language of future and opportunities and the language required for basic survival in today's world is likely to win hands down.

What I Learned Recently...

Malcolm Levene | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Malcolm Levene

Maintain an optimistic view of life, even when not in the frame of mind to do so.

Why You Should Become A Teacher

Babs Nichols | Posted 03.29.2014 | Education
Babs Nichols

2014-01-27-Chalkboard_eraser_Waldorf_School_East_Lexington_MA.jpgDespite popular rhetoric, public schools are not "failing." In fact, in most ways they are succeeding. I stay because what I've learned in 29 years is that my job is one of the ones that matters most.

College Composition As Critical Thinking

Joe Kraus | Posted 03.18.2014 | College
Joe Kraus

Almost everyone dreads it -- trust me, I've seen enough faces on the first day of the semester -- but most walk away from it pleasantly surprised.

What Asia Can Learn From Philippines About English Education

Amy Chavez | Posted 03.12.2014 | Education
Amy Chavez

According to an Educational Testing Service (ETS) ranking based on TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores for 2010, the Philippines ranked 35th out of 163 countries world wide.

The Problem With -ISH

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 03.11.2014 | Books
Dr. Peggy Drexler

-Ish is, no doubt, convenient, the drive-thru of adjectives. I'll give it that. But, like a steady diet of fast food, -ish, not used in moderation, will catch up to you.

The Global Imperialism of English: Impacts on Science

Michelle Kelly-Irving | Posted 01.24.2014 | Science
Michelle Kelly-Irving

It is easy to be complacent about English language dominance, especially for native English speakers. But we could be seriously limiting ourselves by not diversifying the current linguistic hegemony.

Pop Quiz: Who Speaks English Around Here?

Ming Chen | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ming Chen

Each year, EF Education First releases the EF English Proficiency Index, the world's first and largest ranking of English skills by country. Our analysis revealed a number of compelling findings - including a clear link between English proficiency and key economic indicators.

11 Words That Will Make You Sound Super Smart

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 10.28.2013 | Fifty

When someone constantly uses the filler word "like," you probably think they don't sound so smart. But have you ever met someone who's babbling "li...

Zoë Triska

These Words You Use Every Day Have Racist/Prejudiced Pasts, And You Had No Idea | Zoë Triska | Posted 10.25.2013 | Books

When I was a kid, everyone used the phrase Indian giver. We didn't even think about it. We weren't reprimanded by teachers, either. Admittedly, I went...

A Partial List of Sadistic Cat Idioms

Carl Pettit | Posted 11.09.2013 | Comedy
Carl Pettit

If your particular cat crosses the line, and drops a few unwanted biological nuggets into your milk and cereal, or licks one of your eyeballs while you're half asleep, you might want to remind your kitty that it wasn't always an Internet star.

Has 'Cringeworthy' Become Cringeworthy?

Stephen Kessler | Posted 09.28.2013 | Comedy
Stephen Kessler

Anthony Weiner had a lousy day last Tuesday, but the word cringeworthy did not. For cringeworthy, it was a bonanza.

Mrs. Jones, Coaches, and Grandma

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.25.2013 | Books
William B. Bradshaw

Competent professors and teachers can make such a difference in the lives of their students.

Tweet Or Text? The Acronym Guide For Dummies

Tammy Bleck | Posted 09.09.2013 | Fifty
Tammy Bleck

It all started with OMG, followed by LOL which quickly progressed into LMAO and ROTFL. It wasn't long before girls were discussing their BF and their BFFs and telling their parents they would BRB. It all adds up to TMI for many of us. Don't worry, for those you who are fast track impaired, I've provided a translation at the bottom of this post.

The Riot in Rio -- Anti-FIFA Backlash Spotlights English As Brazil's Other Language

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 09.02.2013 | World
Eric Ehrmann

Inside and outside stadiums throughout Brazil one saw banners and placards in English and in Portuguese. Online media and social utilities like Facebook and Twitter feature pages and live citizen journalist updates in both languages.

The Voice of Rachel Jeantel

Marceline Fleurilus | Posted 09.01.2013 | Black Voices
Marceline Fleurilus

"Could've or could": To have to watch her repeatedly state that she said "could" and be told over and over that she said "could've" on the tape? It was painful to watch her be treated as if she were stupid.

Life, Enumerated

Jeb Harrison | Posted 08.31.2013 | Media
Jeb Harrison

"Listing" is no cultural quirk or stylish communications trend. From very near the beginning of recorded history, lists have been the primary organizing principle for all existence.

"Take Our Country Back"? Think Again.

Rick Horowitz | Posted 08.29.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Those immigrants -- then and now. ...

International Art English: The Joke That Forgot It Was Funny

ARTINFO | Posted 08.07.2013 | Arts

"International Art English" is back. The essay of the same name, penned by David Levine and Alix Rule and published in the online journal Triple Canop...