Language

Where Does the Word Pussy Come From and Should Feminists Really Use It?

Pussy is hot right now. Pussy is in vogue. Pussy is vajazzled in lights.<p>From Tumblr to CNN, it’s clear that we’re in the middle of a bit of a pussy renaissance—a reclamation of the word that arguably started around the time a certain infamous <i>Access Hollywood</i> tape was leaked. The audio, which was …

Linguistics

A Linguistics Lover's Tour of the World

The study of human language is one of the most fascinating forms of anthropological exploration, and one that dates back to antiquity. The earliest …

Linguistics

ASL: How to Sign about Sports

• Languages<br>• American Sign Language<br>• ASL: How to Sign about Sports<p>The majority of American Sign Language (ASL) sports signs look like what they represent. …

Astrology

Not imposing Hindi but promoting it: Centre on DMK's 'Hindia' barb

<b>New Delhi</b>: The Centre on Monday said it is not imposing Hindi on anyone but promoting it like other regional languages.<p>"We are not imposing Hindi but …

Linguistics

Is forwards grammatical, or is it backward?

<b>Is it “toward” or “towards”?</b><p>“Backward” or “backwards”?<p>“Afterward” or “afterwards”?<p>Yes.<p>Sign up for CJR'sdaily email<p>Some of you may remember the …

Journalism

Oxford University Accused Of Targeting Autistic Students After Claiming Lack Of Eye Contact Is 'Racist'

The uni said failing to speak to people directly was 'everyday racism'.<p>Oxford University has been accused of targeting autistic students, after it claimed that avoiding eye contact can be a sign of racism.<p>The university’s equality and diversity unit wrote to students that not speaking directly to …

Etymology

How to Name Your Architecture Practice to Improve Your Chances of Success

The single most important thing that an architecture firm can do to become successful is to create good architecture. Unfortunately, there are many …

Success

14 Colorful (Dirty-Sounding!) Slang Expressions to Know Before You Visit Australia

G’day mates! How ya goin’? If you’ve ever caught an episode of <i>The Real Housewives of Melbourne</i>, you might have noticed that our antipodean amigos …

Bravo TV

Using this emotive word may be making you feel more stressed

Cut it out of your conversations to improve your stress levels<p>According to experts, using certain positive or negative words and phrases can have an …

Justin Bieber

Xiaomi's Mi Robot vacuum finally has an English language pack

Xiaomi's Mi Robot gets much-needed functionality with recent update.<p>One of the main drawbacks of Xiaomi's Mi Robot vacuum cleaner was that the user …

Linguistics

Facebook Wants to Read Your Mind

Facebook is literally working to make science fiction a reality. VP of Engineering Regina Dugan recently took to Facebook’s F8 developer conference …

Facebook

English language bar for citizenship likely to further disadvantage refugees

Citizenship applicants will need to demonstrate a higher level of English proficiency if the government’s proposed changes to the Australian …

Language Learning

Students! Demanding weird pronouns! OFFENDED!

I was asked if I listened to this interview with Peter Boghossian.<p>@pzmyers Have you heard of Peter Boghossian? Poster boy for bro-atheists. Recent …

Education

An Auditory Reconstruction of the 6,000 Year Old Proto-Indo-European Language

Have you ever wondered what language sounded like in the past?<p>In the mid-19th century, actually 1868, German linguist, August Schleicher, published …

Linguistics

Top iOS Apps for Learning Chinese

As one of the languages that has the most native speakers, Mandarin Chinese is spoken by over 1 billion people. Its growing importance is emphasized …

Language Learning

Donald Trump Is Unintelligible

The AP has released the transcript of its Friday interview with our Yam-in-Chief, and much of it is utterly unintelligible.<p>That’s not just my …

DoggoLingo, the Language of Dogs

When people got together on the internet, they shared enough cat pictures that LOLcat, the language, was born. It took a while longer, but there's …

Linguistics

This deep dive into internet dog language examines our collective love of “puppers”

The first time I heard the word “doggo,” I thought, “Aww, that’s cute.” Then the friend who introduced me to the word, also introduced me to …

Linguistics

Samsung’s new app uses emojis to help people with language disorders communicate

Once derided as a silly novelty, emojis are coming into their own as a communication tool. New app Wemogee uses the ideograms to help people with aphasia, a language-processing disorder that makes it difficult to read, write or talk.<p>Created by Samsung Electronics Italia (the company’s Italian …

Emoji

'Believe me' is President Trump's most common two-word phrase: report

Eager to gain insight into President Donald Trump's style as a communicator, CNN had a Georgetown University linguistics professor analyze the first …

New Orleans

Using This Word Could Be Making You More Stressed

It's time to change the language you're using<p>When you're working hard in a demanding job, attempting to stay fit and healthy and trying to make time …

You Can Now Apply For Passports In Hindi

The Ministry of External Affairs has made a provision enabling people to apply online for passports in Hindi.The move comes after President Pranab …

Linguistics

Schukov: Legal icon heads novel anglo rights body

In the halls and corridors of Quebec justice, Montreal lawyer Michael N. Bergman is an all too often unheralded icon.<p>Historically, his tireless …

Linguistics

Do you pronounce 'scone' to rhyme with 'cone' or 'gone'? It depends where you're from

As linguists celebrate English Language Day and Shakespeare’s birthday, what does the ever-changing way we speak reveal about us?<p>It is a division as entrenched and as bitter as the split between Brexit backers and EU Remainers – though in this case, the issue is truly personal. Do you pronounce the …

Linguistics

Icelandic is at risk of becoming an extinct language because it's too complicated for computers

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — When an Icelander arrives at an office building and sees "Solarfri" posted, they need no further explanation for the empty premises: The word means "when staff get an unexpected afternoon off to enjoy good weather."<p>The people of this rugged North Atlantic island settled by …

Linguistics

Aligning the fastText vectors of 78 languages

Facebook recently open-sourced word vectors in 89 languages. However these vectors are monolingual; meaning that while similar words within a …

Linguistics

Alternative Words For “Drunk” That Might Come In Handy

ACB’s Tom Bobak “besotted” at the 2017 CBC<p>Hey, we’ve all been there…and many of us might end up there again. So here’s some helpful ways to explain …

Linguistics

#SoCS Apr. 22/17 – Spell

Linda’s #SoCS Prompt for today…<p><b>Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “spell.” Use the word “spell” any way you’d like. Bonus</b> …

Linguistics

Is it Time to Retire the Word “Citizen”?

By Kate Reed Petty I recently witnessed the participants in a panel discussion collectively agree to avoid the word community. Early in the event, …

Philanthropy