#RedefineWomen Calls Out Sexist Definitions In The Google Dictionary

Since language is the root of most of our communications, the words we use and the definitions of those words directly reflect our value system.

Bronwyn Isaac | August 30, 2016 - 8:42 am

Finally, An Answer For Why We Hate The Word ‘Moist’

Words are powerful. Yes, there’s the whole “sticks and stones” theory that words can’t hurt you, they can for sure make you feel uncomfortable. Broadly recently interviewed a speech specialist…

Liz Magee | May 4, 2016 - 1:39 pm

The Soapbox: AAVE Is A Dialect, Not Fodder For Academia To Shame


So, here is a list shared by Ludacris. A, more or less, teacher’s policy of how students are to speak in class, which frankly boils down to…

Carol H. Hood | December 4, 2015 - 3:15 pm

This Business Insider Senior Editor Thinks NBA And NFL Players Do “Hood Rat Sh-t”

It’s never easy to get an assignment handed to you that’s hard to write — especially one as silly as a listicle about what constitutes a “Modern Gentleman,” but that…

Beejoli Shah | February 2, 2015 - 5:30 pm

Let Cereal Take You On A Wild Ride Through Linguistics

If there’s one way to get me to learn about something, it’s to incorporate food into the lesson. Especially cereal, because cereal is my Achilles heel.
Anyway, Michael Stevens…

Rebecca Vipond Brink | January 6, 2015 - 10:00 am

The Soapbox: Let’s Get Real When Discussing Complicated Sexual Experiences

There’s been a lot of talk lately in the media about sexual violence. Late last month, former CBC Broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi was fired amid allegations of sexual assault. A few…

Melissa Petro | December 16, 2014 - 2:30 pm

4 Reasons I Want/Need To Learn Spanish

All right, that’s it, I’m done, I have to learn Spanish. Je peux lire le français et parler un peu, so while I’d like to brush up on it to…

Rebecca Vipond Brink | October 19, 2014 - 11:00 am

The Paternalistic Language Of Ferguson: Decoding “Curfews,” “Thugs” & A “Good Night’s Sleep”

For the last week, the world has watched Ferguson, Mo., set ablaze by racism and the calculated indifference of the town’s police force. And over the course of the same…

Maya K. Francis | August 19, 2014 - 2:00 pm

8 Words I’d Like To Ban From Life

I spend an inordinate amount of time reading and writing and thinking about words, why they’re used, how they’re used; how sentences are structured, what human motivations are behind those…

Rebecca Vipond Brink | July 21, 2014 - 11:00 am

14 Cool Foreign Words With No Direct English Translation, As Illustrated By Designer Anjana Iyer

“Sure, you can borrow that Junot Diaz book. It’s in the tsundoku pile on my desk.”
As a writer, I’m totally fascinated and obsessed with language, including the absence of specific words from the English…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | May 17, 2014 - 11:00 am

Woman Speaks Gibberish In A Bunch Of Different Languages, Sounds Legit

I’m obviously fluent in English, and can speak a wee bit of Italian, French and Spanish — enough to help me get by in countries where those languages are spoken,…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | March 5, 2014 - 3:00 pm

The Trouble With Alec Baldwin’s Response To Dylan Farrow’s Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Woody Allen

Late Saturday, The New York Times published an open letter written by Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, in which Farrow, for the first time in her…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | February 3, 2014 - 4:30 pm
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