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The most offensive curse word in English has powerful feminist origins

Cursing is a good way to be bad. It’s mostly harmless and signals authenticity to listeners. For the linguistically bold, vulgarity is just one element of a rich vocabulary, a spice for speech. Yet even those of us who curse like sailors shirk the word “cunt.”<p>Breathe deep, because we’re about to …

Linguistics

Pilates for Core Stability

Exercise smarter, not harder. Start doing the moves that really fire up your core for breakthroughs.<p>Traditional gym ab work like crunches don't get …

Exercise

Grab Your Dumbbells — This Trainer's Workout Will Work Every Part of Your Body

There's nothing we love more than an efficient full-body workout that uses minimal equipment. Trainer and fitness influencer Kelsey Wells shows us how to work every part of our bodies with just a single set of dumbbells in an Instagram video she recently posted. These six moves are guaranteed to …

Workouts

This Japanese Facial Massage Will Totally Transform Your Face In One Minute

As a beauty editor, I've had the privilege of trying all sorts of professional facial treatments, but regardless of what spa I'm at or what …

The 8 Best Workout Moves for a J.Lo-Worthy Butt, According to Trainers

There's a moment in the cult-beloved film <i>Clueless</i> when Tai laments that her buns feel nothing like steel after a workout literally called <i>Buns of …

What to Read When You’re Queer and of Color during Pride

On May 1, <i>Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color</i> was released by Nightboat Books. Edited by Christopher Soto, the project began as an online …

If You Want Your Abs to Pop, This Is the 1 Move You Need to Start Doing

Doing hundreds of crunches and planks can be great if you're looking to strengthen your core, but if a defined midsection is what you're after, the …

What it’s like to live with severe intrusive thoughts

I had my first intrusive thought when I was nine.<p>I was sat at the end of my bed when I felt this overwhelming urge to touch the the wooden side of …

These Little-Known Amazon Skincare Products Have Huge Followings

If we're being honest, Amazon is much more than an e-commerce giant; it's a community. Many consumers are repeat shoppers (with Prime, how can you …

The 26 Most Raved-About Retinols and Why You Should Be Using Them

Antoinette Nwandu, Drama

Antoinette Nwandu, whose “blistering interrogations of race, power, and violence range from symbolic to highly naturalistic works,” is a playwright based in New York. In June last year, Steppenwolf presented the world premiere of her play <i>Pass Over</i>, <i></i>a mashup of the book of Exodus and Beckett’s <i>Waiting</i> …

Deana Lawson’s Hyper-Staged Portraits of Black Love

Blood Orange’s album “Freetown Sound,” from 2016, is about the drama of returning home. For the artist Dev Hynes, who grew up in East London, this does not mean striving to be an authority on his father’s Sierra Leone but, instead, tracing the tentative shape of the mother nation in his …

The Full-Body Circuit That Will Get You in Shape for Spring

Bye-bye, winter body! This circuit will help you get back into fighting shape.<p>Chilly days spent on the couch binge-watching <i>The Crown</i> may have been …

5 yoga poses pitta doshas should try to cultivate inner peace and happiness

<i>Like your zodiac sign and Myers-Briggs personality type, your Ayurvedic constitution (AKA dosha) can tell a lot about your physical and emotional</i> …

Yoga

5 Essential Oils for Much Faster Hair Growth—Seriously

Waiting for your hair to grow is like watching paint dry—except worse. Paint will dry in, well, approximately a few hours. Hair, depending on the …

5 Things You Need to Know About Free Bleeding

Free bleeding refers to a menstruating woman who is making the choice to abstain from using any sanitary products.<p>Maybe you’ve never heard of free …

Children struggle to hold pens because of excessive use of iPads, claim experts

Children are struggling to use and pencils because the excessive use of touchscreen phones and iPads is damaging their dexterity, specialists have claimed.<p>Paediatric doctors, handwriting experts and orthopaedic therapists are warning that although youngsters can swipe a screen, they no longer have …

Touchscreens

27 Podcasts You Need To Start Listening To In 2018

Tired of listening to the same old podcasts? Here's some fresh ones that deserve your time.<p>We asked the BuzzFeed Community and BuzzFeed staff to tell us about underrated podcasts they absolutely love. We received thousands and thousands of submissions this year. (Thank you if you sent one in.) Here …

Sexual Harassment

You Can Do This Trainer's Bodyweight Ab Workout Anywhere — No, Seriously, Anywhere

When you're short on time and don't feel like dragging yourself to the gym, thanks to online trainer Anna Victoria, you can now squeeze in an ab workout wherever you are — no equipment needed! With over 1.3 million followers on Instagram, Anna is a trustworthy source when it comes to accessible, …

Four Things To Know About Haitian-Japanese Tennis Player Naomi Osaka Who Is Making Her Mark At The Australian Open

Tennis player Naomi Osaka just won over a slew of new fans Saturday following her endearing post-march interview at the Australian Open.<p>“I feel …

Tennis

Elena Ferrante: 'I loved that boy to the point where I felt close to fainting'

In the first of a new weekly series, the novelist recalls her first love<p>Some time ago, I planned to describe my first times. I listed a certain number of them: the first time I saw the sea, the first time I flew in an aeroplane, the first time I got drunk, the first time I fell in love, the first …

Books

5 Hip-Hop Albums You Slept On In 2017

Hip-hop music is thriving more than ever as the most consumed music genre in the country. Kendrick Lamar reigned supreme over nearly everybody once again (shout out to KRS-One) and Jay-Z added yet another classic to his catalog. There was so much floating about the hip-hop stratosphere in 2017 …

5 Authors on How, Why and Where They Write

<b>The most pervasive advice writers give and receive is “just write.” It’s insulting in its simplicity but it’s enduring because it’s true.</b> Translating …

An Internet-Famous Cookie Worthy of Baking in Real Life

Last fall, an aberrant chocolate chip cookie turned up in my Instagram feed. As wide as a salad plate and flat as a flounder, it appeared thin, but it was somehow layered with slabs of chocolate. Oddest of all, it was ringed, like a tree trunk — as if a chunk of chocolate had been dropped in the …

Dessert

How to Get Dancer Fit: 7 Toning Workout GIFs From New York City Ballet

Inside a sunlit dance studio across from Lincoln Center in Manhattan, the ballerina Sara Mearns is stretched taut in a forearm side plank, one leg hovering above the ground. It looks easy enough—but that’s exactly the sleight of hand that professional dancers have perfected: transforming physical …

Surprising Health Benefits from Eating Flowers You Didn't Know About

Edible blossoms and flowering greens have been used for centuries in dishes around the world to add a splash of color, aroma and delicious flavor. …

My déjà vu is so extreme I can’t tell what’s real anymore

One drab afternoon a few years ago something very unusual happened to me.<p>I was lounging under a tree in a packed east London park when I experienced a sudden feeling of vertigo, followed immediately by an overwhelming and intense sense of familiarity.<p>The people around me vanished and I found myself …

I Tried Carrie Underwood's Leg Workout And My Thighs Will Never Be The Same

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The puzzling link between suicide and spring

Over the next few months in the northern hemisphere, suicides are likely to become more common. Why?<p>Studies dating back to the 1800s have found that suicides peak in the spring and are lowest in winter. “If we take winter as a baseline, then there’s a 20-60% higher suicide rate during spring,” says …

University of Maryland

20 Leg Moves You Can Do Literally Anywhere

Jazz up your leg days with a mix of new moves.<p>If you're sick and tired of squats, then we've got just what you need. These 20 leg moves from <i>Women's Health</i>'s Next Fitness Star Selena Watkins will keep your heart pumping, your legs shaking, and your body feeling stronger than ever. Plus, with so many …