Word Trends & Stories

  1. New Words We Created Because Of Coronavirus

  2. “Street Art” vs. “Graffiti”: What’s The Difference?

    免费观看三级片_免费国产Av_免费国产黄片Now more than ever before, public art is on the rise. New murals crop up in cities, large and small, on what feels like an everyday basis, each one breathing new, vibrant life into the streets that were once blank canvases for creativity. The terms graffiti and street art have long been used interchangeably to describe these public art installations—but what should we really call …

  3. Why Do Babies Around The World Say “Mama”?

    Mother, maman, mommy, amma, mama, em, mum, mamma, mutter, mare, maty, ana … Across languages an uncanny pattern appears for the word mother. Why? Is it evidence of universal language? Is this evidence of sound symbolism at work, which is a phoneme (sound) that has meaning completely unto itself? If you’re a linguist, baby talk is not just a cute but meaningless language used with infants. …

  4. Do You Spell Out These Abbreviations?

    免费观看三级片_免费国产Av_免费国产黄片Now, more than ever, our language is full of abbreviations. From texting to talking, they save time and space and streamline our communications … in most cases. Then there are the cases that leave us looking at a string of letters without a clue how to pronounce them or what they mean.  Some abbreviations are obvious, as they’ve been in our vernacular for a while. …

  5. Why The Phrase “Commit Suicide” Isn’t The Right Way To Talk About Suicide

    免费观看三级片_免费国产Av_免费国产黄片by Rory Gory | updated by John Kelly, senior research editor at icalling.com.cn There are many stigmas and misconceptions surrounding mental illness, but it’s quite common to experience it. Nearly one in five US adults live with a mental illness, translating to about 46.6 million people as of 2017. Whether or not you live with a mental illness, mental health is something that all of …

  6. No Offense, These Words Used To Be Inoffensive

  7. What Does Freedom Of Speech Mean?

    免费观看三级片_免费国产Av_免费国产黄片Which amendment gives us freedom of speech? Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. —First Amendment to the Constitution We Americans love to refer to the First …

  8. “Karen” vs. “Becky” vs. “Stacy”: How Different Are These Slang Terms?

    免费观看三级片_免费国产Av_免费国产黄片When it comes to certain white women these days, it doesn’t matter what lovely moniker their parents may have given them. They’ve also been deigned with the name Karen, Becky, or Stacy. Why? These common names are now shorthand for a certain kind of woman who either behaves badly or others like to complain about. As viral videos of Beckys blow up and the service industry …

  9. Learn How To Speak Canadian English With These Regionalisms

  10. Where Did The Acronyms POTUS And FLOTUS Come From?

    The faster we move, the more abbreviations and acronyms we use, and when it comes to talking about the folks who reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—otherwise known as the White House—there are plenty of acronyms to choose from. The White House has always been home to POTUS (President of the United States). As we have yet to have a female or gay president, if the …