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‘INFEST’ — The Ugly Nazi History of Trump’s Chosen Verb About Immigrants

When President Trump characterized immigrants as “animals,” some people waved it away, claiming he was only referring to gang members. But his use of …

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Gendered language (English) | The World Bank

Details<p>Author Jakiela, Pamela; Ozier, Owen;<br>• Document Date 2018/06/04 22:56:04<br>• Document Type Policy Research Working Paper<br>• Report Number WPS8464<br>• Volume No …

Gender-bending, time-traveling pronouns: A history

On college campuses and in workplaces, across social media and in deference to non-binary people, gender-neutral pronouns are more than just a new wave of political correctness.<p>They're the focus of debate that stretches back hundreds of years.<p>Early word coiners were usually more concerned with …

8 Truly Untranslatable German Words : Doppelgänger

“Werner Herzog, who understands more than just about anyone the terror of a cold and irrational universe, got some mileage out of remaking Nosferatu …

5 Languages That Could Change the Way You See the World - Facts So Romantic

<i>I went to my neighbor’s house for something to eat yesterday.</i>Think about this sentence. It’s pretty simple—English speakers would know precisely what …

Letters: Should Code-Switching Be Taught in Schools?

Readers respond to a profile of one professor’s quest to change the way we teach young speakers of African-American English.<p>The Code-Switcher<p><i>Updated on April 30, 2018</i><p><i>In</i> The Atlantic<i>’s</i> <i>April issue</i><i>, William Brennan wrote about Julie Washington, a speech pathologist who believes that helping kids</i> …

What is your birthday word? | Oxford English Dictionary

<i>Which word entered the English language the year you were born? Use our birthday word generator and find out which word shares your birthday.</i><p>Do you …

50 Tough Questions You Never Ask Yourself, But Should

Lasting growth begins with introspection. These thought-provoking questions will set you up to achieve your life and business goals in the New Year.<p>With the dawn of every New Year, pledges are made by hopefuls everywhere to do or change something big in their life and business. Most of these …

Self-improvement

Watch: The Hollywood starlet whose invention led to WiFi and Bluetooth

Hedy Lamarr called her beauty “a curse”<p>We don’t feel <i>too</i> badly for Hedy Lamarr. She was stunningly beautiful, had a brilliant mind, and had the good …

A Map Showing How Much Time It Takes to Learn Foreign Languages: From Easiest to Hardest

Do you want to speak more languages? Sure, as Sally Struthers used to say so often, we all do. But the requirements of attaining proficiency in any …

Language Learning

These Are the 61 Best Documentaries of All Time

What makes a documentary “important”? What makes it worth referencing, or remembering, or even watching in the first place? Why, in this time of seemingly perpetual sociopolitical strife, would we veer away from the vaunted, glorious escapism of big feature films and go see something small and …

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Using emojis makes other people think you are incompetent, research finds

In a world where face to face conversations are becoming increasingly rare, it may be tempting to try and soften the blow of a harsh message or a difficult request with a "smiley".<p>But you might want to think twice before you try and lighten the tone, as the digital image of a smiling face can have …

Strangers know your social class in the first seven words you say, study finds

What we wear and buy are status symbols we can purchase to show off our economic success in the workplace. But a new study shows that there are …

The Fascinating Reason Why Liars Keep On Lying

Scientists can now explain why lying begets more lying—it has to do with how the brain reacts to fibs<p>Once a liar, always a liar, the old saying goes. …

Psychology

Netflix Tackles CIA’s Top Secret LSD Experiments In A New True Crime Series

Watch the trailer for ‘Wormwood’<p>Netflix has heard the message loud and clear: The people want more true crime stories. So, more stories about true crime the people will get.<p><i>Strong Island</i> is in the running to be the network’s most important documentaries yet. And it’s being followed up closely by …

Entertainment

The 10 Best True Crime Documentaries On Netflix Right Now

<b>Last Updated: April 24th</b><p>In case you were somehow unaware:<p>The world isn’t just made up of good guys and bad guys.<br>• People in jail didn’t necessarily commit the crimes for which they were convicted…<br>• but <i>some</i> of them did.<br>• Criminal activity isn’t innate and doesn’t happen in a vacuum.<br>• The economy intersects …

Daniel Everett offers a populist interpretation of modern linguistics

Chomsky got it badly wrong: homo erectus was the first sentient being to speak; How Language Began reviewed<p>One of the great achievements of science is that so many of its branches, from astronomy to zoology, have been blessed by such great popularisers — your Attenboroughs, your Sagans, your …

Linguistics

Why do unethical leaders thrive, despite all talk to the contrary?

The disappearance of the iron curtain in the early 1990s led many social and political analysts to believe that liberal democracy had prevailed as …

The devious art of lying by telling the truth

The line between truth and lies is becoming ever murkier, finds Melissa Hogenboom. There's even a word for a very different form of lying.<p>It is no secret that politicians often lie, but consider this ­– they can do so simply by telling the truth. Confused?<p>That statement becomes clearer when you …

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