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Why Is There No Opposite Of Analogy?

Tonight, I have discovered a gap in the poetic imagination of the English language. Children in the United States and United Kingdom are taught that poetry often uses analogy, a form of metaphor that likens one thing to another thing.

My love is like a boiled carrot…

But what’s the opposite of an analogy? [...]

You Want Me To Pay On What?

This afternoon, I saw the following sign inside a place of business:

I think what the sign means to say is that “payment is expected when services are rendered,” but that’s not what it says, and it turns out this phrase is repeated on the internet. The provision of some services might produce acceptable [...]

The Irrational Racism Of Theodore Roosevelt

It’s not just current politicians who have spoken in code to appeal to sentiments favored by the KKK. Theodore Roosevelt used the meme of One Country One Flag One Language so habitually that he eventually began to roll the ideas out automatically without realizing the absurd inconsistency of demanding loyalty against foreigners while insisting on the use of a language of foreign origin. [...]

English-Speaking Government In North America 404 Years Old

The largest ethnic group in the United States is now people of German ancestry. So, what’s the point of legislation that demands that the government of the United States of America operates in English only? [...]

Steve King Babbles Against Non-Christian And Non-English Speakers

Steve King may be able to do a little historical name-dropping, but the ability to merely name an Age of Reason or an Age of Enlightenment is not identical to the ability to be reasonable or enlightened. [...]

8 Republicans Try to Stop Kids from Saying the Pledge of Allegiance

Last year, 15 Republicans in the House of Representatives did their darndest to stop kids at public schools from saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Yes, Republicans opposed the speaking of the Pledge of Allegiance.

These Republicans issued a threat in their bill, H.R. 6783: if a school mandates or even just permits the Pledge of [...]

Theories of Representation and Support for English-Only Policy in the United States Congress

As of this morning, 59 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on in support of H.R. 997, a bill to declare English the national language of the United States and (with some exceptions for national security, criminal justice and the like) to mandate that only English be used in federal and state [...]

Ron Paul Supports Using General Welfare Clause for Federal Language Mandate

As I documented over at That’s My Congress earlier this month, Ron Paul makes a big fuss in his speeches over the General Welfare Clause of Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution. Article I, Section 8 reads:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the [...]

Kill This Phrase: I'm Really Kind of Annoyed

You’re either really annoyed or you’re kind of annoyed. Pick one.