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Answer to If a person is fluent in multiple languages, what is the language of their thoughts?

Research in cognitive science and linguistics has suggested to us that the answer to this question really involves disentangling <b>thought</b>from <b>internal</b> …

Hair Dye: A History

People have been coloring their hair since ancient times. But still, most know relatively little about the chemistry—and its implications for health.<p>Every two months, Barclay Cunningham goes through a process that begins with taking an antihistamine tablet. After a few hours, she smears a thick …

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The 14 Most Disappointing Pop Culture Moments of 2014

Photo: Getty Images<p>2014 was chock-full of highlights. Taylor Swift inspired us all to shake it off, a riveting true-crime podcast tuned in listeners from every edge of the nation, Emma Watson encouraged men to fight for the rights of women, and <i>Scandal</i> and <i>Grey's Anatomy</i> creator Shonda Rhimes debuted …

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How feminism conquered pop culture

Alice Vincent explains how 2014 was the year it became cool to use the F word<p>In 2014, culture became a feminist issue. On the red carpet, on stage, in our National Theatre and our Houses of Parliament, at the UN, on our bookshelves, Twitter feeds and on talk shows, prominent actresses, singers and …

'Literally,' Emojis, and Other Trends That Aren't Destroying English

Experimental psychologist Steven Pinker talks about a few cherished grammar rules he'd prefer to see forgotten—and replies to critics of his book The Sense of Style.<p>As an experimental psychologist, Steven Pinker <i>thinks</i> about writing. As a linguist, he thinks about <i>writing</i>.<p>In <i>The Sense of Style: The</i> …

The One Word Understood In Every Language

Here's why this is so unusual.<p>Most languages sound dramatically different from each other because words aren't tied to what they stand for—dog and <i>chien</i> both represent a four-legged canine, for example—and each language is basically limited to a finite number of possible sound combinations.<p>"The …

Modern men rein in the sexist language: Analysis finds terms like sexy or blonde have disappeared from vocabulary when women are referred to

• <b>Analysis of 2.5m spoken or written words found terms almost vanished</b>• <b><br>Demeaning terms like daft and stupid seen a sharp decline in last 20 years</b>• <b><br>While</b> …

Why we love the mischievous spirit of Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl's playful stories endure because he resisted the traditional rules of storytelling, says Anna Leszkiewicz<p>As a child, I loved Esio Trot, the Roald Dahl story adapted by the BBC for New Year’s Day.<p>It tells the story of Mr Hoppy (played by <b>Dustin Hoffman</b>), who hopes to win over his beautiful …

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Ladies wrote books that we couldn't put down in 2014

This was a game-changing year for women in literature. Half of the books on the 2014 National Book Awards Fiction Longlist are written by women, and …

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White supremacy is American policy: The torture report and our long, dark history of civil rights abuse

The Senate’s findings should come as no surprise. At home and abroad, we view people of color as less than human<p>The United States already <b>decided decades ago</b> that no human deserved to be subjected to the treatment after September 11th described in the <b>U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA</b> …

Read This: How The Simpsons affects the English language

The high-falutin’ blog for the Oxford University Press has decided to climb down from its ivory tower to discuss something even the simplest of …

The 28 Best Books By Women In 2014

Poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that killed it this year. Ranked in no particular order.<p>And there are no links on purpose – support your local bookshop!

This ‘Drake Guide to Hanukkah’ Is The Best Thing To Happen To You All Day

Everyone, raise a glass of Manischevitz because Its. About. To Go. Down!<p>Tuesday (Dec. 16) marks the beginning of the eight-day celebration of …

5 Creative Apps Writers Will Love

So you need to buy a gift for that special writer in your life (doesn't everyone have one?), but you know she already has all the common ones such as …

Hanukkah: More than a Jewish holiday

<i>“And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.”</i> – John 10:22-23<p>Did you …

10 Ways to Get Out of a Funk in 15 Minutes | Inc.com

<i>This story first appeared on The Muse, a web destination with exciting job opportunities and expert career advice.</i><p>We all have off days from time to time. It's human nature. But barring the occasional disaster or tragedy, a bad day is really only bad if you decide to stay in that frame of mind. As …

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North Korea blasts US over CIA report on torture in letter to UN

North Korea is demanding that the U.N. Security Council conduct "a thorough probe into the CIA torture crimes," according to a letter obtained by Fox News.<p>In the letter, addressed to the president of the Security Council on Monday, Ja Song-nam, Pyongyang's ambassador to the U.N., accuses the U.S. …

Scathing report calls for war crimes inquiry into CIA health professionals

Physicians for Human Rights issues call for investigation one week after release of torture report<p>The health professionals who helped develop and carry out the Central Intelligence Agency's torture program against terrorism suspects violated basic principles of the health profession and should be …

Writing Books: Fiction, Creative Writing & Getting Published

If your manuscript keeps getting tossed into the slush pile, or you're about to query an agent or editor — now's the time to get a professional</b> …

100 Random Facts About The English Language

This month, words and trivia Twitter account @HaggardHawks turns one year old. Since December 2013, we've been tweeting obscure words, surprising etymologies and bizarre linguistic facts every day, covering everything from <i>abature</i> (that's the trail of trampled grass an animal leaves behind it) and</i> …

Coding is made child’s play by new electronic building blocks

If Lego had a 21st-century facelift, it would look a lot like SAM, a new kit where the building blocks are electronic modules (or SAMs: sensor actor modules), which wirelessly communicate with each other over Bluetooth.<p>SAMs are either motors, lights, switches or sensors, and appear as “drag and …

10 Words With Roots in Lesser-Known Languages

<b>Vocabulary.com, posted by Arika Okrent</b><p>English has borrowed words from all over the world to make up its lexicon. Our friends at Vocabulary.com …

Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future

<b>Is</b> humanity headed toward grim perdition, toward total collapse of civilization and the biosphere and the extinction of our species? Or are we …

Writer's Digest Presents A Year of Writing Prompts

"The trick to becoming a great writer is to force yourself to write every day, and this amazing guide of writing prompts will help you do just that. …

Creative Writing

What your speaking style, like, says about you

Vera Regan at TEDxDublin<p><b>Vera Regan studies the way we use language.</b> At TEDxDublin, the sociolinguist shares her research into a few global linguistic …

Writing fiction: What skills make a writer's work better?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora, the best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and access</i> …

Flash Fiction Writing Exercises

Posted by Melissa Donovan on December 9, 2014 ·<p>Try these flash fiction writing exercises.<p>These <b>fiction writing exercises</b> are designed to help fiction …

5 new comic book series you should start reading now

India's newest superhero is a gang-rape survivor: New comic book launched featuring female hero as country struggles to battle scourge of sexual violence

• <b>New comic Priya’s Shakti features a female rape survivor ‘super hero’</b>• <b><br>Its heroine, Priya, battles sexual violence in India with Goddess Parvati</b>• <b><br>Creator</b> …

What You Can Eat for Weight Loss

Eat, Eat for Weight Loss, Weight Loss., You Can Eat for Weight Loss<p><b>It's not actually an easy task to slim down. Particularly when there is plenty of</b> …