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Etymology

What the Media Is Serving Up for This Thanksgiving

Larry Paros | Posted 11.26.2014 | Books
Larry Paros

This is the seventeenth column from that first book. Enjoy! Feel free to share your thoughts. Feedback and Pushback are encouraged.

Deconstructing American Education: A Visual Journey

Larry Paros | Posted 11.26.2014 | Education
Larry Paros

This is the seventh column from the second book. Enjoy! Feel free to share your thoughts. Feedback and Pushback are encouraged.

The Return to Basics in Education. Did We Ever Leave?

Larry Paros | Posted 11.24.2014 | Education
Larry Paros

This is the sixth column from that second book. Enjoy! Feel free to share your thoughts. Feedback and Pushback are encouraged.

The Story Behind Discipline in the Classroom

Larry Paros | Posted 11.21.2014 | Education
Larry Paros

This is the fifth column from that second book. Enjoy! Feel free to share your thoughts.

What's Really at the Core of the Core Curriculum

Larry Paros | Posted 11.20.2014 | Education
Larry Paros

This is the fourth column from that second book. Enjoy! Feel free to share your thoughts. Feedback and Pushback are encouraged. What's our genre? Etymology? Satire? Comic Strip? We'd love to know.

So What's Really New in the World of Education?

Larry Paros | Posted 11.19.2014 | Education
Larry Paros

Book Two of 15 books of educational comics by Larry Paros is now available. This is the third column from that second book. Enjoy!

Educational Reform: Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

Larry Paros | Posted 11.17.2014 | Books
Larry Paros

What's our genre? Educational Commentary? Satiric Essay? Comic Strip? We'd love to know. You tell us. Feel free to share your thoughts. Feedback and Pushback are encouraged.

How Erudite Are You? Take the Test.

Larry Paros | Posted 11.16.2014 | Books
Larry Paros

This is the second column from that second book. The saga of our heroic efforts to educate the masses continues. Enjoy!

Are Academics Greek to You?

Larry Paros | Posted 11.14.2014 | Education
Larry Paros

Book Two of fifteen books of educational comics by Larry Paros. This is the first column from that second book. Enjoy!

Here's The Real Story Of Where This Expression Comes From

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.11.2014 | Science

"OK" is certainly one of the most common expressions in the English language--and one of the most versatile. After all, it can be used as an adjectiv...

You May Not Be Racist, But These Words You Use Every Day Are

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.17.2014 | Black Voices

Some of your favorite words or phrases might be rooted in bigotry. So if you haven't given much thought to the following sayings, perhaps it's time to...

"Gay Mafia"? Yes! But Maybe Not How You Think

Holly R. Cashman | Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Holly R. Cashman

I am more than happy to declare myself a member.

15 English Words You Didn't Know Were Derived From Irish Gaelic

Paul Anthony Jones | Posted 05.17.2014 | Books
Paul Anthony Jones

With St Patrick's Day upon us today, March 17, here are 15 words the English language owes to Gaelige, better known to English speakers as Irish Gaelic -- and as this list shows, Irish has given us a lot more than just leprechauns and shamrocks.

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

Paul Anthony Jones | Posted 04.22.2014 | 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.

Compassion

Megan Staggs | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Staggs

Branch to bough, with an open heart, compassion is always available for both the receiver and the giver.

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.

Weird Word Salad: The Terminology of the Unexplained

Sharon Hill | Posted 07.19.2013 | Weird News
Sharon Hill

There is a problem with how the word paranormal is used because it is often utilized in a way that is perhaps not consistent with the original intent.

Why You're A 'Faggot'

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 05.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Phillip M. Miner

For over a year I researched the words that people use to describe gay men -- words like "faggot," "pillow biter," "queer," "gym bunny," "bear," "twink," "homosexual" and even "gay" -- to get at the heart of the assumptions that people make about us.

Are There Any Words That Were Offensive in the Past but Are Now Totally Harmless?

Quora | Posted 05.04.2013 | Arts
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Joey Frey, Medical Student The word "guy" was basically the "f***face" o...

Can Insects Smell Food from Hundreds of Meters Away?

Quora | Posted 03.30.2013 | Science
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Matan Shelomi, Entomologist Within a hundred meters seems likely. That seems to be the limit...

Etymology Of Christmas And Hanukkah Food

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.17.2013 | Books
William B. Bradshaw

At this time of year we go about joyfully wishing one another "Happy Holidays." The word "holiday" is the combination of two Old English words: "holy" and "day." We are really wishing happy "holy days" for one another--referring primarily to Christmas and Hanukkah.

Where Did The Word 'Fart' Come From?

| Posted 07.29.2013 | Books

From the OUP Blog, by Anatoly Liberman Fart looks like a product of our time, but it has existed since time immemorial. Even the nuances have not b...

Robert Johnson and the Myth of the Illiterate Bluesman

Debra Devi | Posted 08.28.2012 | Home
Debra Devi

How often have you heard that old saw about Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil at midnight on a Delta crossroads? It all started because of Johnson's uncanny mastery of the guitar.

The Origins Of 7 Popular Slang Words

Professor Julie Coleman | Posted 07.22.2012 | Books
Professor Julie Coleman

For me, slang is at the social interface of language. Slang words aren't linguistically different from other words, except that they keep on moving. It is my considered opinion that slang is a bag of snakes.