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Hyderabad, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, India: Crisis

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vamsee Juluri

Hyderabad is the sort of city that makes poets out of ordinary men. It has a history of being home to different sorts of people, accepting them with an easy charm that only Hyderabad knows.

Early This Morning

Reverend Billy | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Reverend Billy

Sounds in all the trees! The wintry wind in the old park. This is the earth's version of a fantastic New York neighborhood. The back and forth up i...

Carl Sandburg And The 'Rootabaga Stories': When Nonsense Prevails

The Poetry Foundation | Ross Simonini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Ross Simonini The Poetry Foundation Nonsense is for everyone. It falls off the tongues of all speakers of all languages everywhere, from Hugo Ball in...

Why Simple Words Work Best

Ari Herzog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ari Herzog

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae.

Children Of Illegal Immigrants Twice As Likely As Other Kids To Be Poor

Washington Post | N.C. Aizenman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Of all the disadvantages that U.S.-born children of Hispanic immigrants might confront, none is more significant than being raised by parents who are ...

Akuntsu Tribe: Just 5 Members Remain

The Independent | Guy Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

They are the last survivors: all that's left of a once-vibrant civilisation which created its own religion and language, and gave special names to eve...

From Slave to 'Negro': A Brief History of Getting Counted by the U.S. Census

Lapham's Quarterly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lapham's Quarterly

There was a small uproar last week as the U.S. Census Bureau began to publicize the country's 2010 head count. It was pointed out that a box on the form read: "Black, African Am., or Negro."

Authors' Unique Words Provide "Linguistic Fingerprint"

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Analyses of classic authors' works provide a way to "linguistically fingerprint" them, researchers say. The relationship between the number of words ...

Women in Hip-Hop: The B-girl Be Festival

Lauri Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
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Lauri Lyons

When it comes to women in hip-hop, don't call it a comeback. Women have been here for years.

Media Drops the F-Bomb Into Its Headlines

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

By the looks of it, the "F-Bomb" has been lurking for some time now, but it took the Slate incident on SNL to help propel it further. Call me old-fashioned, but what ever happened to the old, reliable, and charged F-Word?

Who Is Your Mother's Favorite?

Deborah Tannen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deborah Tannen

Stamberg began our conversation by asking, with a mischievous twinkle that I could see in her eye and my sisters could hear in her voice, "So ladies, which of you was your mother's favorite?" While I hesitated and Naomi responded thoughtfully, "Oh, that's a good first question," Mimi quipped, "Obviously me. No question."

Come to the Kitchina!

Juliet Linley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Juliet Linley

Around the age of two, our daughter started amusing us with a variety of linguistic amalgamations. She also started treating us as walking dictionaries, to fulfill her seemingly insatiable desire to learn how to say every single item she came across in both English and Italian.

It's Not Just You: California Wildfires Turn Cranky

Beth Lapides | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Beth Lapides

Yesterday, just as we were peaking the cranky meter, Mike Dietrich, the U.S. Forest Service incident commander, said the California Station Fire had turned from "angry" to "cranky."

New Republic Editor Martin Peretz Blasts Someone For Something, Sort Of

Barrett Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Barrett Brown

Not that I'm bothered by Peretz's or anyone else's racism, which is directed only towards mere people. But why his perpetual assault on grammar? Grammar isn't an Arab, Marty. You're thinking of algebra.

Better Messaging is the Key to Winning Health Care

Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sahil Kapur

Unhinged free-market worship, combined with an inexplicable paranoia for anything government, is what's driving the opposition. So Obama and Democrats need to re-frame this bill -- particularly the public option -- as one that embraces capitalism's best principles.

Cutting to the Chase

Robin Lakoff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robin Lakoff

It seems obvious that people create shortened forms to save time. And yet, most often, we don't save that much time and may run the risk of endangering intelligibility.

Dictionary Removes Beaver, Replaces With Blog and Blackberry

Michelle Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michelle Howard

Another loss for team nature with the decision by the publisher of the Oxford Junior Dictionary to replace dozens of nature-related words with more relevant words like "blog" and "MP3 player."

To "Friend" or "Defriend"? That is the Question

David Finkle | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Finkle

If you ask me, one of the worst things assaulting the English language in the last few years is the transitive verb "friended."

Le Mot Juiced

Brooks Peters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Brooks Peters

Some people think they know the nuances of sound and language better than others and in order to enlighten us, they deliberately over-pronounce French words.

Warning: This Blog Contains Explicit Language and Lots of It

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Slides hurled images on the walls of the artist and various agreeable participants carrying on in the nude or the nearly nude, full-frontally slathering their bodies with thick, gooey substances.

Like, Three Bridesmaids

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Corso

I don't know about you, but I've had enough of "like." So where does this linguistic fixation with "like" come from?

TED Announces the Open Translation Project -- Bringing Subtitles in 40+ Languages to TED.com

TEDTalks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
TEDTalks

The TED Open Translation Project brings TEDTalks beyond the English-speaking world, by offering subtitles, time-coded transcripts, and the ability for volunteers to translate any talk into any language.

"Jailhouse Talk"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jerry Zezima

I knew it was only a matter of time before my journalistic crimes landed me in jail. I just didn't think I would end up on Rikers Island.

New World Atlas Shows Endangered Languages

AP | DHEEPTHI NAMASIVAYAM | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PARIS — Only one native speaker of Livonian remains on Earth, in Latvia. The Alaskan language Eyak went extinct last year when its last survivin...

Still Crazy After All These Years: Censorship in the 21st Century

Kelly Carlin | Posted 02.08.2012 | Home
Kelly Carlin

Last Wednesday PBS aired the Mark Twain Prize in which my father, George Carlin, was posthumously honored for his life long work in Comedy.