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Therapy Dogs in Schools Are an Invaluable Resource

Therapy dogs in the classroom can make a huge difference in calming students.

Therapy Dogs

Why Is THIS Map MISSING in the History Books?

24 Shares<p>Email Comments<p>By the age of 10, most children in the United States have been taught all 50 states that make up the country. But centuries …

Native Americans

#StopHindiChauvinism has taken over Indian Twitter

India, a country of 1.3 billion people, has 22 official languages. Its most-spoken language (Hindi) is sometimes mistaken as the national …

A Student Was Punished by Her Professor for Using 'Mankind' in an Essay — Now She's Speaking Out

The word “mankind” has historically been used as a catch-all phrase to refer all of humanity. But a Northern Arizona University (NAU) professor …

This ‘superhero’ shows kids how to solve problems with positivity and kindness

Nicholas Domingo was the target of bullies at school. Drawing on his experiences as an adult, he created an alter ego, Captain Encouragement, and …

'Feminism' becomes 5th-most searched word on Merriam-Webster website

Merriam-Webster is no stranger to having to define feminism, but this time it’s dictionary users themselves who are seeking out the meaning of the …

Feminism

The death of dialect? Don't believe a word of it

A British Library project preserves words used in different parts of the country. How many of them can you recognise?<p>Help us preserve your dialect: tell us about the unusual words you use<p>Have you ever been called mardy, been mithered, complained of someone being nesh, labelled them a numpty or had …

Can you say 'very pleased'?

Some of us make our way through life blithely unconcerned about matters of grammar and usage, reasoning that if people manage to understand what we …

There Used to Be Six More Letters in Our Alphabet! | Reader's Digest - Reader's Digest

As strange as it sounds, the English alphabet had several more letters in the past few hundred years than it does today. Six more to be exact, …

The linguistics behind chatbots

I’ve been working as a UX designer for more than 5 years now, but I actually graduated in Applied Linguistics before I ended up where I am now. …

We added a gender-neutral pronoun in 1934. Why have so few people heard of it?

One of the most common complaints that one hears about the English language is that it lacks a gender-neutral pronoun for referring to a single third …

Dead or alive? New campaign tackles Irish language myths

List of ‘alternative facts’ includes claims language is dead and Gaelscoileanna are élitist<p>Thu, Mar 16, 2017, 01:00 Updated: Thu, Mar 16, 2017, …

Should we simplify spelling?

How much energy and brain power do we devote to learning how to spell? Language evolves over time, and with it the way we spell -- is it worth it to …

Voice Is the Next Big Platform, Unless You Have an Accent | Backchannel

<b>My mother waited two months</b> for her Amazon Echo to arrive. Then, she waited again — leaving it in the box until I came to help her install it. Her …

Is saying the N-word still the final frontier of taboo on television?

The Carmichael Show surprised many with news that it will use the word six times in an episode, but as other showrunners push for its usage attitudes may be changing<p>Jerrod Carmichael is taking his already edgy NBC comedy, The Carmichael Show, one step closer to the edge – in an upcoming episode, …

Helpful Illustrations Define Feelings of Love That Have No English Translation

Love is a universal language, but sometimes, saying a simple “I love you” doesn’t accurately express what you really feel. In this way, the English language falls short of conveying your true emotions. Luckily, there’s a way to bridge the gap. We can adopt words from other cultures that aren’t …

BBC Learning English - 6 Minute English / The rise of the emoji

Learning English<p>Inspiring language learning since 1943<p>English Change language<p>The Grammar GameshowCourses: The Grammar Gameshow<br>• The ExperimentCourses: The Experiment<br>• News ReviewCourses: News Review<br>• Go The DistanceCourses: Go The Distance<br>• English You NeedCourses: English You Need<br>• Towards AdvancedCourses: …

Language Learning

Violent video games like Grand Theft Auto do not make players more aggressive, major new study finds

Playing violent first-person video games such as Call of Duty does not make people more prone to violence themselves, a major new study has found.<p>Scientists using brain scans and psychological questionnaires discovered that the levels of aggression and capacity for empathy in people who never play …

Grand Theft Auto

Pt. 2—There’s a great game hiding inside Horizon: Zero Dawn

Welcome to the conclusion of our Game In Progress review of <i>Horizon: Zero Dawn</i>. In this second of two installments, Clayton Purdom gives his take on …

I grew up in Alaska — here's what I tell my friends to do when they visit

The 49th state certainly lives up to its moniker of "The Last Frontier," but it is also home to vibrant, growing cities, a booming outdoor culture, and mountains that take your breath away. And yes, dog sleds.<p>As someone who was born and raised in Anchorage, the state's largest city, I consider …

National Parks

'It is a teacher's duty to recommend books worth reading to students – playing the "freedom of choice" card is irresponsible'

Forget Ucas forms, forget apprenticeships, forget dangling the hope of a portfolio of careers or a six-figure income in front of those you teach. Set …

John Steinbeck on the Loneliness of Success and His Surprising Source of Self-Salvation

“The loneliness and discouragement… I can’t talk to anyone much about them or even admit having them because I now possess the things that the great majority of people think are the death of loneliness and discouragement.”<p>As a writer, <b>John Steinbeck</b> (February 27, 1902–December 20, 1968) remains one …

Literature

Maren Morris Is Here to Kick Ass and Win Grammys

The 26-year-old who made her name as a frank, funny country songwriter is making the most of her turn as a frank, funny—and Grammy-nominated—country singer.<p>Casino theaters, like this mid-tier one here in Milwaukee, are where road-weathered music acts typically go to die. Tonight, though, the same …

Country Music

Scientists, and their moral duty to resist trumpism

A trio of "scientists against a fascist government" set out a program for resisting trumpism with science, delving into the moral duty of scientists …

Political Science

Howard Stern Remembers When Donald Trump Backed Hillary Clinton

He also said that his friend Donald Trump loves people in Hollywood and the press.<p><b>Howard Stern</b> reflected on his friend <b>Donald Trump’s</b> presidency on his radio show Wednesday. Stern, a longtime <b>Hillary Clinton</b> supporter, remembered a time when Trump himself backed Clinton.<p>“I like Donald very much …

Here's What Facebook's Live Video Filter Bubble Looks Like

When you watch a live screening of an event, it’s free of filters and media bias, right? Nope. Enter the Facebook Live filter bubble.<p>On Jan. 25, at a speech at the Department of Homeland Security, Donald Trump officially announced his executive order to construct a wall along the Mexican border. …

Audi is under a heap of criticism for its gender pay equality Super Bowl ad

In the ad, a father watches his daughter in a downhill cart race and thinks about whether she is being judged based on her gender. At the core of the ad is whether she will be paid less than a man, despite her talents.<p>Some viewers have reacted on social media by lashing out at the car company and …

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