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How a word potentially derived from "pocket" became one of the nastiest terms in the dictionary.
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Aegis, bouillon, chiton. Flautist, gyro, haute couture. Lackadaisical, mascarpone, peremptory. The English language is filled with words that stump the tongue with their tricky vowel pairings, consona...
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There are a few things I don't understand about human nature; Donald Trump's popularity, long, bushy hipster beards, and the Kardashian obsession. And I've never understood why it's such a big deal if people speak in their native tongue in front of others.
Does this mean they have their own human-like language?
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You can now watch the Paralympics with complete confidence.
You've probably heard the common wisdom that it doesn't really matter what you say to your dog, as long as you say it in a nice way. Maybe you found this distre ing, since you like to believe your pup...
Well, that was unexpected. I woke up the other morning and it seemed like half of Brazil was talking about me. How did THAT happen?
True rage -- the kind that results in personal jabs and expletive spews -- seems only to arise from a handful of topics. Most are maddening because they pertain to complex i ues, laws and beliefs that...
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It is somewhat ironic that our aim to have a respectful evidence-based rational debate about language has turned into the opposite – at least if social media is anything to go by.
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It's 100 days this Wednesday until the Rio Olympics. They run from August 5 to August 21. Exciting times ahead. But there's something you should know about Rio. You already know it's one of the world'...
We're all guilty of using inaccurate language every day. We still "hang up" our mobile phones, even though it's a finger swipe or button press and not the satisfying clang of a receiver to its cradle. We still call it an "SMS" (Short Message Service), even though it could be 140 words instead of characters now. And we wouldn't arch an eyebrow if someone wanted to watch a "film".
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If you are still trying to decide on a New Year's resolution, there are some people who might be able to help: Promise never to use the word "problematic" again. That is one of more than a dozen words...
Forget Spanish or French. For some people, sarcasm is a second language. While everyone lobs a snarky remark here and there, a sarcastic person expre es humor in verbal irony by making statements that...