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What to Do When Your Colleague Comes Out as Transgender

By now, many professionals have openly gay colleagues at work, including the 66,000 U.S. employees of Apple, whose CEO, Tim Cook, famously became the first Fortune 500 CEO to come out last October. But far fewer people have had the experience of working with an openly transgender colleague (i.e., …

Young People’s Responses Reveal a Huge Change in the Way America’s Thinking About Gender

Think gender is a black-and-white issue?<p>Many Millennials apparently don’t.<p>As part of its “Massive Millennial Poll”, the pop culture and news site Fusion asked 1,000 people ages 18-34 whether they thought there are only two genders, male and female.<p>The results: 46 percent of respondents said there …

To Be Or Not To Be is a 'chooseable-path' version of Hamlet

To Be Or Not To Be was a<p>choose-your-own-adventure'chooseable-path' version of Hamlet that was either a) great or b) intolerable, depending on a) your …

Choose Your Own Adventure

People with tinnitus process emotions differently from their peers, researchers report

Patients with persistent ringing in the ears -- a condition known as tinnitus -- process emotions differently in the brain from those with normal …

The Most Beautiful Words in the English Language

Apart from inspiring a slew of deranged Halloween costumes, Donnie Darko also offers some very valuable lessons about literature. No, I’m not talking …

Single Quotes or Double Quotes? It’s Really Quite Simple.

If you are an American, using quotation marks could hardly be simpler: Use double quotation marks at all times unless quoting something within a …

The History of the English Language, Animated

The history of language, that peculiar human faculty that Darwin believed was half art and half instinct, is intricately intertwined with the evolution of our species, our capacity for invention, our understanding of human biology, and even the progress of our gender politics. From the fine folks …

17 Fascinating Language Facts

<i>The following is an excerpt from 1,339 Quite Interesting Facts To Make Your Jaw Drop:</i><p><b>1. The word “infant” is from the Latin for “unable to speak.”</b><p><b>2. The offspring of a polar bear and a grizzly bear is called a “pizzly bear.”</b><p><b>3. Nudiustertian means “relating to the day before yesterday.”</b><p><b>4. Zugunruhe</b> …

Euphony and Cacophony: A Writer's Guide

I love words. A lot of us get into writing because we love words. We love words strung together in sentences; we love that those sentences blend to …

15 Words And Phrases You're Probably Saying Incorrectly

Whatever the reason, we've bastardized parts of the English language.<p>The 15 word and phrases below often come out incorrectly. Let's set the record straight.<p><b>1. For all "intents and purposes" — not for all "intensive purposes"</b><p>If you say "for all intensive purposes," you mean "for all these very …

Language

What Your Pronunciation of These Words Tells Other People

Where do you put flowers? People are ready to infer a whole lot about you by the way you say your answer.<p>In a recent survey, over 1,000 participants …

Why is English Spelling So Messed Up?

If you're a kid learning how to write, or an adult speaker of a language with sensible spelling, English spelling can seem like a cruel prank. And …

A murder of crows: 10 collective nouns you didn’t realise originate from the Middle Ages

From a ‘pride of lions’ to a ‘misbelief of painters’, many of the terms we use every day have roots in the distant past – specifically, the medieval …

Henry Viii

Language Evolution May Depend On Population Size

More evidence that languages evolve like biological organisms<p>Every year, new words get added to dictionaries around the world, while other words slip from our lexicon. A recent study looked at the rate at which languages pick up or lose vocabulary. The researchers found that, similar to biological …

Jimmy Fallon, One Direction, Ariana Grande & More Sing "We Are The Champions"

All your favorite superstars belt out an a cappella version of the classic song in honor of the Super Bowl.

Why You Shouldn't Trust the New Study That Supports Putting Two Spaces After a Period

<i>Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and is known for her Grammar Girl website, podcast, and games.</i><p>Before you argue with me, read …

Linguistics

13 Words of the Year from Other Countries

The U.S. words of the year for 2014 included vape, culture, and #blacklivesmatter. But what about the rest of the world? Here are the word of the …

'V' Is for Very

The rise of the shortest possible abbreviation and what it means for the future of English<p>Over lunch one day, a co-worker grumbled about something being "v. annoying."<p>It took a second for me to understand what the quick, consonant blip pre-adjective was, and when my brain processed it, I realized …

Language

Minae Mizumura’s The Fall of Language in the Age of English, reviewed.

<b>The Fall of Language in the Age of English</b>, by the Japanese novelist and scholar Minae Mizumura, has all the ingredients of a rage-read. Indeed, when …

12 untranslatable words from around the world

IN our highly connected and communicative world, we have more ways than ever to express ourselves, to tell others how we feel, and to explain the …

Oxford Junior Dictionary’s replacement of ‘natural’ words with 21st-century terms sparks outcry

Margaret Atwood and Andrew Motion among authors protesting at dropping definitions of words like ‘acorn’ and ‘buttercup’ in favour of ‘broadband’ and ‘cut and paste’<p>• Five simple ways to get your child into the wild<p>“A” should be for acorn, “B” for buttercup and “C” for conker, not attachment, blog …

Writers, It’s OK to Have Doubts: Neil Gaiman Discusses His Doctor Who Episodes & Season 9 Possibilities

Yes, even the supremely talented Neil Gaiman thinks he could have done better. There’s hope for us all!<p>Speaking to the Radio Times, Gaiman said that …

Louis Tomlinson Proves One Direction Are More Popular Than Barack Obama

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson has proven that he and his band mates are more popular than U.S. President Barack Obama, well on social media …

One Direction Among Artists Pushing For Secondary Market Ticket Reform

One Direction is the latest group to add their two cents to the ever-controversial rift between ticket consumer and marketer. Just a month prior to beginning what will likely be one of the most successful tours ever with the On The Road Again Tour, the British quintet is pushing for ticket selling …

Why do we have silent letters in the English language?

Silent letters are the ghosts of pronunciations past. The word 'knight', with its silent 'k', and silent 'gh', is cognate with the German word for …

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> …

Teen girls have different brains: Gender, neuroscience and the truth about adolescence

<b>Winona Ryder and Christian Slater in "Heathers" (New World Pictures)</b><p>It’s indisputably true that in adolescence there are real differences in some brain functions with males, females<p>Dr. Frances E. Jensen • Amy Ellis Nutt<p>January 3, 2015 5:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Teenage Brain: A …

Nabokov and the Movies

The axiom that great novels make bad movie adaptations has not been entirely true for Vladimir Nabokov, whose books depend to a surprising degree on plot-heavy narratives (not to say cravenly pulpy story lines) that lend themselves well to the screen. Take “Lolita_,”_ with its tale of the Humbert …