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Verbal Safe Haven

Lianna Serko | Posted 04.18.2014 | College
Lianna Serko

I think it is human nature for people to be wary of the way others perceive and interpret their thoughts. And I think that this is the root of the trend to tend towards expressing our beliefs in terms of "feeling" rather than "thinking."

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.

13 Common Words You Are Probably Mixing Up

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 04.17.2014 | Fifty

For some reason, people just can't seem to get the difference between "they're" and "their" and "there." One is a contraction of they are, one is the ...

Stop Saying 'Rape' Out of Context

Amelia Shroyer | Posted 04.16.2014 | Women
Amelia Shroyer

When I hear the word "rape," especially when it is used out of context, it makes me extremely uncomfortable. It can make me feel unsafe -- either physically or emotionally -- in the company of the people who've said it. It is painful; it makes me feel ashamed, used, and violated all over again.

Code-Switching with the Language of Social Media

Simon Tam | Posted 04.15.2014 | Technology
Simon Tam

In recent years, an entire lexicon of digital language, with its own jargon and rules, appeared before our eyes. But what happens when you can't connect with your audience?

RuPaul's Drag Race and the Danger of Overpolicing Language

Our Lady J | Posted 04.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Our Lady J

Drag is punk and should never be subjected to politically correct ideals. The moment it stops provoking is the moment it fails as an art form. Trans people are forever indebted to drag for the mainstream explosion of gender as we see it today.

No Results Found

Lisbeth Darsh | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Lisbeth Darsh

What do we call those people who don't think women should take a back seat, a second place or a lower rung on the ladder because we have vaginas and breasts? What word should replace "feminist"?

What Your Cat's Body Language Is Really Saying

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 04.10.2014 | Comedy

Cats are cute. Cats are cuddly. Cats are quirky. Cats often do things that seemingly have no rhyme or reason at all... or do they? Pleated Jeans ha...

You Tawkin' to Me?

Michael Drew | Posted 04.10.2014 | Books
Michael Drew

The way you speak can mean certain things to certain listeners. You might not have an accent when you write, but you should always address your reader as if he doesn't quite understand what you're going to say.

How Not to Sound More Erudite

Alice Bean | Posted 04.08.2014 | Science
Alice Bean

As a physicist, I notice that people commonly use terms with physics connotations that just baffle me.

A Soulful Music Man: An Interview With Tomás Doncker

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 04.01.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

If you ask him where home is: He most likely will say: "Anywhere from Brooklyn to Ethiopia and everywhere in-between. I'm a citizen of the planet."

Speak Softly If You Mean Business

Kristina DiPalo | Posted 03.27.2014 | Business
Kristina DiPalo

If language both reflects and shapes a world-view, business language conveys a deeply masculine tone that leaves little tolerance for anything remotely feminine. In a free market of bare-knuckled competition, there is no room for softness.

Is Your Usage Right When You Say 'Grammar'?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

People love to write about writing. All too often, these pieces are titled "10 essential grammar tips" or the like, and the author proceeds to talk about common errors in writing that aren't actually grammatical in nature, or he or she compares anvils and oranges.

Women in the U.S. Are Still Second-Class Citizens: Not Interested? You Should Be

Samantha Paige Rosen | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Samantha Paige Rosen

Despite the progress women have made in the last several decades, they are still treated like second-class citizens in all the ways that matter. Caring about the equal treatment of women in society doesn't make people feminists -- it makes them good humans.

Responding to a Community: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

How to Travel Like a Local in Barbados

Travelzoo | Posted 03.20.2014 | Travel
Travelzoo

When I say Barbados, I probably don't need to tell you about the dozens of white-sand beaches, the friendly Bajans, the rum. I'll leave you to the guidebooks for more factoids and instead tell you what I wish someone told me before my first stay on island.

Can Learning a New Language Boost Your Creativity?

Zach Simon | Posted 03.20.2014 | Education
Zach Simon

Did Hemmingway's foreign language abilities help him write books like The Sun Also Rises and win a Nobel Prize in literature? Research suggests it certainly didn't hurt. Creativity, though, is ultimately what you make of it.

Are You Guilty of Using These Malapropisms?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 03.19.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

To set things straight -- and with a nod to Mrs. Malaprop (go on, Google it) -- I offer the following glossary, with which all writers, editors, and other communicators should become familiar.

How Our Words And Emotions Affect Our Communication

Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living

When we communicate, are we expressing our thoughts or are we expressing emotion? In the video above, actor Isabella Rossellini and Hunter College ...

5 Words You're Probably Misusing

Rob Reinalda | Posted 03.13.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

In the game of Telephone, by the time the message reaches the last player in the queue, it usually bears little resemblance to the initial utterance. With that in mind, here are some words that many people use frequently -- and incorrectly.

Why I Won't Ban 'Bossy'

David Vienna | Posted 03.13.2014 | Parents
David Vienna

The great misstep with this campaign and others like it is suggesting, even in jest, that we limit one freedom to solve a problem.

Extending the Mind

Cadell Last | Posted 03.11.2014 | Science
Cadell Last

In our modern world, language still reigns supreme. Every aspect of our existence is dependent on the ability to think and speak using a conceptual ruled-based linguistic code.

We All Deserve Access to Great Opportunities: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

The Simple Difference: Close Cultural and Linguistic Gaps to Save Lives of Hispanics

Juan Carlos Caicedo, M.D. | Posted 03.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Juan Carlos Caicedo, M.D.

Your life should not depend on your ability to understand the doctor's written instructions. Simply not having a Spanish-speaking health care provider answering critical care questions can mean a patient will suffer and likely die. This is a problem getting bigger every day.

A Picture Day Moment

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 03.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Teachers are trained in a definition of autism that is incorrect. A definition that includes and assumes intellectual disability, which is connected to an inability to make oneself understood, low IQ, problematic behaviors and social impairment.