“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 the following essay questions:
1) If killers don’t understand any […]
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? […]
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 say fight back You say land of the free? I […]
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?
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? […]
A 2008 video podcast by Penn Jillette has been slapped with a “L” Language advisory when it appears on YouTube:
But I can’t for the life of me figure out why. This is what he said:
You know this atheism/agnosticism question has been continuing. I’ve got this buddy here in Vegas, Gail, and she’s […]
About 15,000 people are thought to live on boats in canals in London. Some real gongoozlers can be found over at the Canal Card Collectors Circle, which is affiliated with, but not completely consumed by, the Inland Waterways Association. […]
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 […]
The Royal Society of Chemistry cannot issue a public challenge such as this without accepting the complexity of public language. The matter is now in its hands. […]
You’re either really annoyed or you’re kind of annoyed. Pick one.
Words are what separate us from the other animals of Planet Earth. When Republicans show a distrust of words, they reveal a distrust for humanity itself. […]