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‘I’m 37, I’m dying and this is how I spend it’

Former recruitment consultant Rob Anderson on how he organises his finances – and why he isn’t keen on bucket lists<p>I live in the East End of London and own my flat. I have a brain tumour. I’m dying – it’s inoperable, and I’m halfway through my third round of chemo.<p>I try to live my life to the full, …

Loneliness

Weird Conditionals: If-Clauses That Are Always True

When you say something like "If you need help, my name is Jill," you aren't using if the way we normally think of using it. Your name is Jill no …

Linguistics

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's 'bonk ban' ridiculed

Hours after Malcolm Turnbull announced his now aptly nicknamed "bonk ban", political commentators have slammed the Australian Prime Minister's …

Australia

Malcolm Turnbull's 'bonking ban' is a misplaced attack on consensual sex

Malcolm Turnbull's proposed “bonking ban”, preventing ministers from having sex with their staff, is a panicked and irresponsible reaction to the …

Malcolm Turnbull

The Bonking Ban explained: Why it matters

DEPUTY Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is defiantly refusing to resign as leader of the National Party in the wake of his scandal over the affair with a …

Australia

Literally Just 23 Tweets About The Ban On Sex Between Politicians And Their Staffers

#BonkBan was trending immediately.<p>And then on Thursday afternoon... the prime minister made an announcement: the #bonkban was on.<p>After somberly outlining that the deputy PM had behaved extremely badly, appalled "all of us" and caused deep hurt to his family, Malcolm Turnbull went on to announce …

Barnaby Joyce

Think You Drink Too Much Coffee? Science Says You Should Probably Drink More, Not Less

It turns out there's a perfect amount of coffee to drink, and it's more than you think.<p>Do you start the day with a mug of coffee, followed by a second mug, and then a third around 3 pm to help you make it through the afternoon? And do you sometimes worry that you're consuming too much caffeine and …

Coffee

What Happened to Zuckerberg? Here's How Our March 2018 Cover Was Created

The bruised Mark Zuckerberg on this issue's cover? That's a photo-illustration created by Jake Rowland, a New York City–based artist known for his …

Mark Zuckerberg

#MeToo is hitting the ad agencies that sold you Nike, Google, Oreo and more

The latest industry to be upturned by the #MeToo storm? Advertising, a field that has also successfully capitalized on that very movement on behalf of clients.<p>In the past two months, a string of high-level executives at important global advertising agencies have stepped down, including the creative …

Advertising

The Linguistics Behind Emojis

An <i>emoji</i> is an icon or small digital image used on social media (such as Twitter) to express an emotion, attitude, or idea. Plural: <i>emoji</i> or …

Language

Urban Dictionary removes racist 'Aboriginal' definition but problems remain

Urban Dictionary, a crowdsourced reference work, is one of the world's most popular websites.<p>Founded in 1999 by Californian computer science student …

Language

'Class-passing': how do you learn the rules of being rich?

America is built on rags-to-riches tales. But how does ‘class-passing’ actually work – and how to navigate your new life and your old?<p>On an October night in 2003, a flat tire changed Muhammad Faridi’s life forever.<p>Faridi was 20. An immigrant who’d moved from a small village in Pakistan to Brighton …

Andreessen Horowitz

Why grammar is not about being ‘right’ or ‘wrong’

Imagine an English lesson where students are studying <i>The Lonely Londoners</i> by Sam Selvon. At the beginning of the novel, they read the following:<p><i>One</i> …

'Afrikaans Has Been Used to Exclude Many From Schools' -- Equal Education

Equal Education general secretary Tshepo Motsepe believes South Africa has a historical background in which Afrikaans has been used to exclude others.<p>…

South Africa

Why does the UK have so many accents?

Where we come from matters. Our origins form an important part of a distinctive personality, which can become a group identity when we share these …

Linguistics

Melbourne's Sudanese community reclaims 'African gangs' slight in powerful campaign

The spontaneous campaign shows South Sudanese Australians graduating from university, working as doctors and serving in the defence force.

Africa

It Takes 10,000 Hours to Become an Expert in Anything: Use These 4 Techniques

Mastering a skill takes serious time. Here's how to make the most out of the hours you put in towards mastering you craft.<p>10,000 hours.<p>That's how long it takes to master your craft, according to bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell. Whether you want to become a better leader, an expert in marketing …

Exuberance Marks Start Of 2018

Review & Update<p>Last week, we discussed the record-setting year of the market. Not only did the markets tie the most number of up years for any bull …

Hakka now an official language of Taiwan

In China and in the Sinophone diaspora, although Hakka may be relatively few in number, they are disproportionately influential in practically every …

Language Learning

The BBC in Pidgin? People Like It Well-Well

The headline on the article, published on the BBC’s website, reads like this: “Woman wan troway poo-poo, come trap for window.”<p>The piece, written in a form of West African Pidgin English, tells the story of a Tinder date gone horribly wrong: A woman in Britain found herself in a deeply embarrassing …

Language

Special Report: A business where human bodies were butchered, packaged and sold

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Sam Kazemi stood over the old man’s corpse. Nearby lay pliers, a scalpel and a motorized saw designed to cut drywall and pipe.<p>On a busy day, Kazemi might harvest body parts from five or six people who had donated their bodies to science. On this day in November 2013, the corpse …

The Worst Job in Technology: Staring at Human Depravity to Keep It Off Facebook

By her second day on the job, Sarah Katz knew how jarring it can be to work as a content moderator for Facebook Inc. She says she saw anti-Semitic speech, bestiality photos and video of what seemed to be a girl and boy told by an adult off-screen to have sexual contact with each other.<p>Ms. Katz, 27 …

Internet

3 Reasons Why You Need a Linguist for Localization

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard this sentence: “My local reviewer is bilingual!” People use this to justify why and how someone has been …

Beautiful Black and White Street Photography Series By Bangladeshi Photographer Abu Rasel Rony

I always love to take photos on the streets. Walking around and capturing the beautiful moments surrounded me is always a bliss. The subject of my …

Prepare To Hear These Slang Words EVERYWHERE In 2018

There’s no denying that the internet has a huge impact on how people communicate. Every year, there are new internet acronyms, abbreviations, and …

Language

This 100-year-old poem tells you everything you need to know about why so many people struggle to learn English

Tricky pronunciation can make English one of the hardest languages in the world for foreign speakers to learn.<p>Why does "done" rhyme with "fun," for example, and why doesn't "done" rhyme with "gone"?<p>No poem illustrates the counterintuitive nature of the English language better than "The Chaos." …

Literature

The harmonics of 'entitlement'

A lot of the most effective political keywords derive their force from a maneuver akin to what H. W. Fowler called "legerdemain with two senses," …

Centers for Disease Control

Why South Koreans rarely use the word ‘me’

‘Uri’ isn’t a mere grammar point, it’s a cultural canon that captures the very essence of a nation.<p>“Our husband is also a teacher,” my co-worker told me as she noisily slurped her soup. She was seated beside another colleague, who was slurping hers, too.<p>I was confused. Had I misheard her? Were …

Reclaiming A Language

The Wampanoag language, Wôpanâak, is now being taught in a public school in its place of origin.<p>Mashpee Middle/High School launched the first class …

Ivanka Trump Likely Didn't Expect This Reaction To Tweeting At Prince Harry, Meghan Markle

One Twitter user wrote: "Dear Kremlin Barbie: still not getting an invite."<p>Ivanka Trump sent two well-wishing tweets on Friday congratulating Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for their upcoming wedding on May 19.<p>In the process, she gave many Twitter users a chance to engage in what they do best: get …