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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

This Linguistic Map Of The U.S. Fails To Take Into Account The Full Range Of “You” Expressions

I’m totally fascinated by the way people talk. Accents, vocabulary and emphasis varies so much, depending on where in the country you live. I lived in the Midwest (land of…

Julie Gerstein | August 30, 2013 - 1:30 pm

The Soapbox: On Using The C-Word

Anthony Weiner’s communications director calling a former intern a “cunt,” “slutbag” and other slurs is just one aspect of the choppy waters surrounding the sex scandal-ridden NYC mayoral candidate’s sinking…

Jessica Wakeman | August 1, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Douchebags, Sluts & Boners: The Origins Of Some Of The Most Well-Known Slang Words & Insults

Boner. It hasn’t always referred to a penis, you know. In fact, in the early ’80s, there was a sitcom character named Boner, that had absolutely nothing to do with…

Julie Gerstein | April 24, 2013 - 11:00 am

Finally! Someone Has Invented Punctuation For The Way People Really Talk

These days, most people use their phones for texting or as very expensive paper weights. So it makes sense that since we’re texting way more than we’re talking, we’d need…

Julie Gerstein | February 22, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Be My Boyfriend: Guy Who Spent 3.5 Hours Pronouncing The World’s Longest Word

Dear Guy Who Spent 3.5 Hours Pronouncing The World’s Longest Word,

In second grade I gained a certain amount of notoriety on the playground for memorizing the spelling of…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger | November 27, 2012 - 9:20 am

10 Words That Make French A Language Worth Preserving

I don’t like hearing about any languages disappearing, but the idea of French’s demise seems intolerable. Fortunately, it is also probably impossible, at least in the near future, but French…

Pop Sugar | July 14, 2012 - 3:30 pm

Women Rule When It Comes To Words

Women! Our strange vocal tics and annoying upspeak patterns are actually groundbreaking and important, so says science. Linguists now say that a lot of the vocal embellishments women and girls…

Julie Gerstein | February 28, 2012 - 1:40 pm

RIP Kate Swift, The Woman Who Stopped Us From Saying “Stewardess”

Once upon a time, a flight attendant was called a stewardess. Police officers and fighterfighters were policemen and firemen. And all women were addressed based on their marital status as…

Jessica Wakeman | May 10, 2011 - 2:40 pm

What To Look For In A Mate: Someone Who Talks Like You

See! Words really are the key to our hearts! I have always known this of course, but science finally got the memo. A new study suggests that a crucial determinant…

Ami Angelowicz | January 14, 2011 - 2:45 pm
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