Mr. Shirbegi

66 Flips | 3 Magazines | 7 Likes | 2 Following | 4 Followers | @shirbegi | Keep up with Mr. Shirbegi on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Mr. Shirbegi”

George Orwell's 1984 was published 68 years ago: Other dystopian novels that now hit home

George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984 was published 68 years ago on this day, and never has his cynical hypothesis about a future where we are being …

Unclear Language Isn't Just Annoying, It's Politically Dangerous

Renowned journalist and editor Harold Evans discusses his new book, "Do I Make Myself Clear?"<p>They’re around every corner, frighteningly vacant shells of what they once were. What renowned editor Harold Evans calls “zombies” ― or, words that have lost their vitality ― are spotted often amid unclear …

Robert Fulford: Trump’s limited ability to express himself reveals much larger deficiencies

© 2018 National Post, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. All rights reserved. Unauthorized distribution, transmission or republication strictly …

Do You Curse Often? It Might Mean You Are More Honest, Researchers Say

If you swear often, you must be an honest person -- at least that’s what a three-part study suggests.<p>In the paper <i>Frankly, We Do Give a Damn: The</i> …

The teacher who gave up marking – and believes you can, too

Teachers can give up marking without any detrimental effect on students, according to an English teacher who has done just that. In fact, he says …

13 Multi-Level Backyards To Get You Inspired For A Summer Backyard Makeover!

Summer is the time for outdoor entertaining. But in order to do that you’ve got to have a great outdoor space! Here are 13 multi-level backyards to …

Why I'm No Longer a Feminist

I'm not a feminist anymore.<p>I was at one time, most of my adult life anyway. And I'm happy to say that the majority of my friends would call themselves the same.<p>True feminism is a range of ideologies, political, and social movements designed to establish and achieve equal political, economic, …

No, Yes, Definitely: On The Rise Of 'No, Totally' As Linguistic Quirk : NPR One

Hundreds denounce Target for ‘sexist’ baby onesies | The Star

One person sent her a photograph of a similar set, with one shirt saying, “Training to be Batman,” and the other saying, “Training to be Batman’s …

Offensive Stereotypes Apparently Found In Hong Kong Student Textbooks

A blog started by a British expat living in Hong Kong has posted photos of local textbooks apparently featuring offensive stereotypes.<p>Last week, activist and blogger Tom Grundy's Hong Wrong blog ran a post titled "Hong Kong Textbook Tells You to ‘Know Your Place,'" highlighting photos of a primary …

31 Maps Mocking National Stereotypes Around the World

Using infographical maps to represent data is nothing new, but London-based designer Yanko Tsvetkov, through his site alphadesigner.com, has taken …

Maps

Where Bias Begins: The Truth About Stereotypes

Psychologists once believed that only bigoted people used stereotypes. Now the study of unconscious bias is revealing the unsettling truth: We all …

Parents keep child's gender secret | The Star

In an age where helicopter parents hover nervously over their kids micromanaging their lives, and tiger moms ferociously push their progeny to get …

Brampton man misidentified as Paris attacker in media reports due to altered photo | The Star

A Spanish newspaper mistakenly identified a Sikh Canadian man as “one of the terrorists” behind the Paris attacks after a doctored image went viral …

Extremism

How Politics Is Shaping Language: 'Dark Money' Added To Dictionary

Merriam-Webster has released its latest list of new entries, and unsurprisingly, a good share of the words are the products of the internet ("NSFW," "meme," and "clickbait" are among this year's rookie entries). But most years, politics and current events popularize new concepts enough to drag them …

To Resurrect A Vanishing Language, Try YouTube and Indiegogo

What do you lose when one of the world's languages disappears?<p>Maybe it's a word that has two meanings — and the double meaning gives you a different way of thinking about things.<p>Like the word <i>iya</i>. In the endangered Latin American language of Kukama, it means "heart." But it also means "fruit."<p>"Every …

Esperanto Is Not Dead: Can The Universal Language Make A Comeback?

In his Tucson, Ariz., backyard, 10-year-old Linken Kay throws a ball for his dog, Harley.<p>The dog speaks only English. But Linken was raised speaking another language.<p>"Li ŝatas salti en la naĝejo por preni la pilkon," Linken says.<p>What's that, now?<p>"I said, um, he was going to jump in to get the …

Watching Our Language In Reporting Transgender Stories

<i>Weekend Edition Sunday</i> aired a feature piece last week about the experience of Little Rock, Ark., cartographer Andrea Zekis as she transitioned from male to female. It focused on her experience at her workplace, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, and was told largely through …

Meet The Man Who Invents Languages For A Living

If anyone has the credentials to write a book called <i>The Art Of Language Invention</i>, it's David J. Peterson.<p>He has two degrees in linguistics. He's comfortable speaking in eight languages (English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Esperanto, Arabic and American Sign Language) — plus a long list of …

Did The Language You Speak Evolve Because Of The Heat?

English bursts with consonants. We have words that string one after another, like angst, diphthong and catchphrase. But other languages keep more vowels and open sounds. And that variability might be because they evolved in different habitats.<p>Consonant-heavy syllables don't carry very well in …

Linguistics

Talking Texas in Iran : NPR One

Why Dove's 'Choose Beautiful' campaign sparked a backlash

Dove’s latest ad campaign calls for women around the world to renounce the media’s narrow, unattainable standards of beauty and replace them with a …

Dove’s beauty campaign ‘has turned on the women it claims to champion’

When Dove's "Campaign for Real Beauty" launched in 2004, it was a revelation.<p>Sure, the Unilever SA-owned brand ultimately was still trying to sell beauty products to women, but you can hardly ask an advertiser not to sell; at least, while doing so, Dove presented a different vision of beauty from …

Social media affecting teens' concepts of friendship, intimacy

Social media is affecting the way kids look at friendship and intimacy, according to researchers.<p>The typical teenager has 300 Facebook friends and 79 …

How ‘Texas’ became Norwegian for ‘crazy’

In Norway, when a party goes wild, when a soccer match gets heated, when a rare swordfish shoots out of a fjord with a loud noise and a massive splash, there is only one appropriate response: “Det var helt Texas!”<p>In English, “That is totally texas!”<p>Yes, it is a reference to America’s second most …

Misspelled signs written by people who love English

As Boing Boing's King of Typos, I enjoyed this gallery of misspelled signs written by people who love English. Here are a few samples:

Slate Magazine - Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryHas Paul Ryan Already Lost Control? Jim Newell It might look like it. But House Republicans have always acted this way.<p>Don Blankenship Is …

Vegas Golden Knights

This Comic Perfectly Captures How Feminism Helps Everyone

A comic artist known as Rasenth wants to set the record straight on sexism.<p>Rasenth, a 25-year-old based in Japan, has created a comic showing how sexism is hurtful to everyone -- and reminding us that we can only overcome it by working together.<p>Rasenth created the comic this summer, after student …

Why Are We All So Busy?

After a recent conversation with a dear friend I decided to try and remove the word 'busy' from my vocabulary and from my life. It began by her asking me how I was and I responded quite typically for me, "All is good. Great, actually. Super busy. And you?" Being the introspective type, she asked …