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The Language Killers Understand

“The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force.” Ethics of war pop quiz: Is the quote above A) by Barack Obama, B) about Barack Obama, or C) both by and about Barack Obama? For bonus points, answer your choice of

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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

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Improve this Surveillance Chant Sheet

When I was at the national protest against massive unconstitutional surveillance two days ago, organizers were handing out a piece of paper titled “CHANT SHEET.” These were the chants we were supposed to practice and use during the march: They say wire tap / We

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Bring Them Back

Shan’t. On the morrow. Fiddlesticks. Old bean. Tarnation. Sup. I’d like to bring these words and phrases back into common usage.  What would you bring back?

Psst... what kind of person doesn't support pacifism?