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DHS Head Chad Wolf Adopts Language Of War In Threats Against Portland Protesters

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The phrase all options on the table is largely used in politics as a code phrase conveying the most extreme violence imaginable, without having to explicitly state it. Now it's being used against American citizens. DHS Head Chad Wolf Adopts ... read more

NATO Think-tank Enrolls English-language Journalists And Activists Covering Belarus -- And Twitter Looks The Other Way

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Some of the top journalist-activists covering Belarus in English on Twitter are now working for organizations that defend the interests of Western arms manufacturers with no disclaimer for their followers. Read Full Article at RT.com ... read more

Bristol University To Police 'diet Culture & Fatphobia' Language In Sports After Students' Union Denounces 'burning Calories

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Telling students at the gym to put effort into burning calories may soon be a banned approach at Bristol University. Its students union thinks this language promotes a thin privilege and causes eating disorders. Read Full Article at RT.com ... read more

Despite Being Famed Port City's Primary Language, Ukrainian Authorities In Odessa Strip Russian Of Its Status As Official Tongue

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A district court in the Ukrainian city of Odessa has opted to remove Russian as an official regional language. The move comes despite the fact Russian is the main spoken tongue in the famous city, founded by Catherine the Great Read Full Article at ... read more

Opposition MP Blasts Zelensky After Russian-language Songs Played At Concert Celebrating Anniversary Of Ukrainian Independence

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A Ukrainian opposition MP has accused President Volodymyr Zelensky of imposing a little Russians complex on Ukrainians, after the countrys Independence Day celebration featured songs performed in the Russian language. Read Full Article at ... read more

Eternal Post-Soviet Language Wars Rage On: Latvian MP Wants More Usage Of 'hated Russian' But Ex-Belarusian Leader Demands Less

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If you spend some time in the post-Soviet space, you'll immediately come to understand that there's almost nothing as ridiculous as its frequent 'language wars.' Which generally involve use of Russian or a lesser spoken tongue. Read Full Article at ... read more

New Font Blurs Curse Words And Swaps In Kinder Language To Stop Cyberbullying

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TietoEVRY has developed The Polite Type, an open-source font that blurs curse words, racial epithets and rewrites hate speech with kinder terms to highlight the cyberbullying ... read more

Earbud-like Device Claims To Boost Linguistic Skills By Zapping Your Ear

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via dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8599957/Earbud-like-device-claims-boost-linguistic-skills-zapping-ear.htmlThe simple gadget dramatically improves the wearer's ability to lear ... read more

Should I Capitalize That Dog Breed Name?

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In a word, no. See style.mla.org/capitalizing-names-of-dog-breeds Do not routinely capitalize the names of dog breeds. Many breed names are composed of proper nouns that you capitalize like Boston and generic terms (like retriever or terrier) that ... read more

Spelling And Grammar Online

( education / language / grammar / internet )
When is that spelling and grammar checking feature coming to Facebook, Instagram, etc.? Oh right, they probably don't want to insult 90% of their users. Never mind. It's not that my own (or anyone's) grammar and punctuation are flawless (because there are so many contradictory rules), but can we all at least try harder for the... read more

Mangled English

( culture / humor / language / english )
This is pretty old, from the old newsletter in 1992, when the Soviet Union still existed, but it's still funny How English is Being Used in Different Parts of the World IN A TOKYO HOTEL: Is forbitten to steal hotel towels please. If you are not person to do such thing please n... read more

Word Hippo

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Useful site here: Word Hippo. Thesaurus and word tools for your creative needs.... read more

Another Grammar Complaint

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I used to be able to spot junk email by its bad grammar, spelling and punctuation. Now, even legitimate emails often fail the test. It makes the grammar Nazi in me very sad.... read more

Yet Another Grammar Rant

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In addition to honoring our veteran's, how about if we honor our teachers who taught us punctuation, spelling, and the difference between possessive and plural? :)... read more

This Week's Literacy Rant

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OK, people, the word is led (when pronounced led) not lead unless you're referring to the metal. I'm not surprised to see this in social media where it's acceptable (cool, even) to be completely illiterate, but I keep seeing it in news articles written by supposed journalists. ... read more


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Trampoline ends in ine not ene as I had thought. Just FYI for next time someone tells you that's the wi-fi password and you can't get onlin... read more

Dolphins Speak In Holographic Language

( culture / language / animals )
Very cool! via scientists-reveal-that-dolphins-speak-in-a-holographic-language/ UPDATE:The commenters are mostly unconvinced.... read more

Her Own Language

( education / language / elizabeth )
I love how my daughter, Elizabeth, 9, makes up words. Tonight I was complimenting her on what a good fruit smoothie she'd just made. I said she should always try to remember how much of each ingredient she used so she can make it again. So, she was going through the list of ingredients: two bananas, some of those honeydew melon pieces, a ... read more

Musical Sign Language Interpreters

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That must be some fast signing. I'd like to see that. I guess they show the beat by tapping their feet? It's got me curious. We are SO excited to tell y'all that Musical Sign Language Interpreters will be at this weeks show.. and it is... ... read more

Mystery Solved

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I solved an old mystery today, thanks to one of the Russian language podcasts I've been listening to lately. It's a phase I'm going through. I'm starting to listen to Hindi, Chinese and Brazilian Portuguese, too. I guess I'm doing all of the ... read more


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Language-related articles on this siteNames in their own tongue and script, via Language names in their own tongue and script The table shows native/local names for languages in their own scripts, or autoglotton... read more


( education / language / english )
Wordnik. Cool website for those who like words. I love how they provide samples from articles on the internet. And they provide an explanation/definition to links (if you click it) like the one above. It claims to be the most comprehensive English dictionary... read more


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(DING-kuhm) Dinkum, also dinky-di, fair dinkum, adjective True; honest; genuine. Etymology Probably derived, like many other Australian words, from English dialect. The counties of Lincolnshire and Derbyshire had a word or dincum meaning work; a fair share of work. The word was first recorded in Australia in Rolf Boldrew ... read more


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(par-si-MO-nee-uhs) adjective: Excessively sparing or frugal. Etymology From Middle English parcimony, from Latin parsimonia, from parcere (to spare). First recorded use: 1598. Usage President Calvin Coolidge was so with words that he became known as 'Silent Cal'. -- Rob ... read more

Lesson For Today

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There is an old hotel/pub in Marble Arch, London which used to have gallows adjacent. Prisoners were taken to the gallows (after a fair trial, of course) to be hung. The horse-drawn dray carting the prisoner was accompanied by an armed guard who would stop the dray outside the pub and ask the prisoner if he would like ONE LAST DRINK.If he said ... read more

Award-winning English Prose

( culture / humor / language / english )
Every year, English teachers from across the USA can submit their collections of actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays. These excerpts are published each year to the amusement of teachers across the country. Here are last year's winners. 1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compre... read more

Did I Read That Sign Right?

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