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  • 'They' declared 2019 'word of the year' by Merriam-Webster

    12/10/2019 7:37:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 10, 2019 | Janine Puhak
    The small but mighty personal pronoun “they” has been declared the 2019 Word of the Year by Merriam-Webster, officials announced Tuesday. “They” won the top spot on the annual, data-driven list after receiving a 313-percent search increase on the dictionary publisher’s website in comparison with 2018, the Associated Press reports. In September, Merriam-Webster expanded the definition of “they” as relating to a person whose gender identity is non-binary. Weeks later, the American Psychological Association recognized “they” as a singular third-person pronoun in its latest scholarly writing style guide.
  • Euphemism Nation

    12/08/2019 3:40:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2019 | Derek Hunter
    Language is wildly important. That words have meanings, and those meanings are understood by everyone, are the key to communication. That’s why it’s becoming increasingly difficult to communicate with progressive leftists – they will not be bound by those definitions, they change them whenever it suits their needs. It’s to the point that it’s not even worth trying. On Wednesday, Nancy Pelosi announced her call for articles of impeachment against President Trump, and what the Speaker of the House wants, the Speaker of the House gets (in the House). The only thing missing from her announcement was any charge she...
  • Southern Charm

    11/22/2019 11:43:40 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 22 replies
    email from friend in SC | 11/22/2019 | unknown
    A judge was interviewing a South Carolina woman regarding her pending divorce and asks, "What are the grounds for your divorce?" "About four acres and a nice little home in the middle of the property with a stream running by." "No," he said, "I mean what is the foundation of this case?" "It is made of concrete, brick and mortar," she responded. "I mean," he continued, "what are your relations like?" "I have an aunt and uncle and 12 cousins living here in town, as well as my husband's parents." The judge took a deep breath and asked, "Do you...
  • Regarding the Incorrect Use of 'Decimate'

    11/16/2019 6:32:42 AM PST · by Moonman62 · 79 replies
    Merriam-Webster ^ | unknown | Word History
    It's totally fine to use 'decimate' as a synonym for 'devastate'. This is why. The issue that many people have with the decline and fall of the word decimate is that is once upon a time it had a very singular meaning, a meaning that is in danger of being lost forever to the vandals and barbarian hordes who are manhandling the English language through using this word to mean “to destroy a large number of.” The specific complaint is that decimate had the specific meaning, in ancient Rome, of killing one of every ten soldiers, as a form of...
  • Dog Learns to Talk by Using a Special Soundboard That Her Human Made

    11/11/2019 8:28:48 AM PST · by cann · 70 replies
    My Modern Met ^ | November 8, 2019 | Sara Barnes
    Speech-language pathologist Christina Hunger can make her dog talk—without barking. The 26-year-old has devised a way for her pup Stella to use human language to communicate her needs. Thanks to Hunger’s ingenuity, the Catahoula/Blue Heeler mix can specify when she is thirsty, when she wants to go outside, and when she is looking for her favorite toy. Hunger documents Stella’s burgeoning skills in short videos and their back-and-forth conversations are nothing short of amazing. So, how does Stella talk? Hunger created an adaptive device that features rows of large, colorful buttons. Each switch corresponds to a different word that describes...
  • Socialists Used Public Schools to Destroy Literacy in America

    11/02/2019 6:28:02 PM PDT · by Windflier · 19 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | October 30, 2019 | Alex Newman
    Widespread illiteracy and the ignorance it produces represent an existential threat to the United States today. But it was not always this way. And it can be fixed. Fortunately, neither the cause of this crisis nor the solution to it is a mystery—at least to anyone who has studied the issue. To blame for this dangerous phenomenon are socialist “educators” going back to the mid-1800s. In particular, it was their quack methodologies ostensibly aimed at “teaching reading” to children. The answer to the illiteracy crisis is simple, though: America must go back to what worked for thousands of years and...
  • 10 steps to get a kick-ass Russian accent

    11/02/2019 3:40:22 PM PDT · by VRW Conspirator · 65 replies
    Russia Beyond ^ | 01/08/2018 | Tommy O'Callaghan
    Want to command respect as if you were a badass Russian villain in a Hollywood film? Reckon you can do a better job than Harrison Ford’s questionable attempt at a Russian accent? Russia Beyond has you covered. A Russian accent is often imitated by English-speakers but rarely perfected. You’ll probably be familiar with the mean-sounding tone usually heard in Hollywood Russian accents, but do you know which sounds Russian speakers most commonly carry through to their spoken English? Follow these tricks, and you’ll be sounding like a native in no time! 1. Replace the 'i' with 'ee' There is no...
  • Latinos don’t like the woke term ‘Latinx’

    11/02/2019 5:08:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 1, 2019 | John Sexton
    Have you seen this term floating around? Latinx is supposed to be a gender-neutral version of Latino/Latina. It’s supposedly more inclusive because it doesn’t separate people into the now forbidden binary categories of men or women, so it has been championed by the woke left. But it turns out Latinos/Hispanics don’t really like it very much. A survey carried out by progressive data analysts found that only 2 percent of Hispanic people actually prefer that term:
  • Remembering -- and Talking About -- Lynching in America

    10/31/2019 4:54:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 31, 2019 | Laura Hollis
    Michele Norris is an award-winning journalist and founder of The Race Card Project. Last week, Norris wrote a poignant opinion piece for The Washington Post in which she calls for Americans to know the history of lynching before they cavalierly throw the word around. She's right. Public murders by lynching in America and related private violence like the grisly murder of Emmett Till were not just brutal; they were barbaric and shockingly widespread. The Monroe Work Today website has an interactive map of lynchings across the United States between 1835 and 1964. In an online article about the work that...
  • NYPD officers to stop referring to unhinged people as ‘emotional disturbed persons’

    10/24/2019 5:20:49 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 38 replies
    One America News ^ | October 24, 2019
    NYPD officers will now have to stop referring to dangerously unhinged people as “emotionally disturbed persons”. This is part of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new $37 million program to deal with serious mental health emergencies in the city.
  • The 'Lynching' Controversy and the Death of Common Language

    10/24/2019 4:05:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 24, 2019 | Ben Shapiro
    In the Bible, the people of Babel unite in fighting God; they decide to build a massive tower to challenge God's supremacy. God, annoyed by their presumption, promptly causes them to speak a variety of tongues, dividing them and ending the foolhardy project. The story represents a simple truth: unity relies, at least in large part, on shared language. In the United States, we're watching our shared language disintegrate. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump fired off one of his infamously impassioned tweets about the Democrats' impeachment inquiry. Frustrated by Democrats' lack of clarity on process with regard to that...
  • Saturday Stuff

    10/19/2019 2:48:51 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 42 replies
    email | 10/18/2019 | unknown
    Questions with no apparent answers: 1. If poison expires, is it more poisonous or is it no longer poisonous? 2. Which letter is silent in the word "Scent," the S or the C? 3 Do twins ever realize that one of them is unplanned. 4. Why is the letter W in English called double U? Shouldn't it be called double V? 5. Maybe oxygen is slowly killing you and It just takes 75-100 years to fully work. 6. Every time you clean something, you just make something else dirty. 7. The word "swims" upside-down is still "swims" 8. 100 years...
  • Virginia teacher fired for not using trans student's preferred pronouns sues school district

    10/02/2019 8:43:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/02/2019 | Michael Gryboski
    A Virginia teacher who was fired for not agreeing to use the preferred pronouns of a trans-identified student has filed a complaint against the school board that dismissed him. Peter Vlaming, a former French teacher at West Point High School in Williamsburg, filed the complaint in the Circuit Court for the County of King William on Monday. The lawsuit argued that the school board violated “Vlaming’s constitutional, statutory, and contractual rights” when they decided to fire him last year. Vlaming is seeking a permanent injunction that allows him to be reinstated, a permanent injunction preventing the school board from punishing...
  • De Blasio's NYC bans use of words 'illegal alien' said supposedly in 'hate'

    09/27/2019 8:26:37 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 27, 2019 | Monica Showalter
    Now that socialist Bill de Blasio is washed out of the Democratic presidential election primaries, he's back to running New York City, doing the Sandinista thing , and banning free speech. The New York Post has identified his latest bid to make New York Cuba : It’s now against the law in New York City to threaten someone with a call to immigration authorities or refer to them as an “illegal alien” when motivated by hate. The restrictions — violations of which are punishable by fines of up to $250,000 per offense — are outlined in a 29-page directive released...
  • Sean Penn Attacks Trump: ‘Not a Chance in Hell’ to Win Re-Election

    09/08/2019 3:43:04 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 104 replies
    <p>Penn made the remarks as he promoted his new novel on stage in a conversation with actor Nick Offerman.</p> <p>“I don’t think there’s a chance in hell that Donald Trump is going to win the presidency next time because I’m getting a sense that it’s going be an exponential jump in young people who are going to say, ‘No thanks.'”</p>
  • Dave Chappelle ‘Sticks & Stones’: Why I’m not allowed to say f*ggot but allowed to say N-word?

    09/04/2019 6:17:35 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 78 replies
    Stick and Stones Special
    So she sits me down. We have a nice conversation. She tells me, “Oh, the sketches are great.” I go, “Oh, fantastic. Well, then… well, then, why am I here?” She said, “Because, David, there’s no way… that you can ever say the word… “f*ggot” on our network. I didn’t know I did anything wrong. I didn’t try to defend myself. I said, “All right. F*** it, I’ll take it out. Have a good afternoon.” And as I was leaving, it occurred to me. “Hey. Hey, Renée, quick question. It’s just a question. Seriously, I wanna know. Like, wh-why is...
  • Gender Pronouns And The Supreme Court: Battle over the chosen use of pronouns in court filings

    08/21/2019 2:05:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/21/2019 | Jazz Shaw
    We’ve touched on this subject a few times recently, but there’s another layer to the upcoming Supreme Court case of R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that’s worth considering. It has to do with the battle over the chosen use of pronouns in court filings. The Associated Press picked up on this yesterday and the story highlights the different approaches being taken by the two sides. As you may recall, the case revolves around Aimee Stephens, a male funeral director employed at the funeral home who came in one day and announced to...
  • Paging Big Brother: In Amazon’s Bookstore, Orwell Gets a Rewrite

    08/19/2019 9:06:26 AM PDT · by DFG · 28 replies
    enmnews.com ^ | 08/19/2019
    In George Orwell’s “1984,” the classics of literature are rewritten into Newspeak, a revision and reduction of the language meant to make bad thoughts literally unthinkable. “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words,” one true believer exults. Now some of the writer’s own words are getting reworked in Amazon’s vast virtual bookstore, a place where copyright laws hold remarkably little sway. Orwell’s reputation may be secure, but his sentences are not. Over the last few weeks I got a close-up view of this process when I bought a dozen fake and illegitimate Orwell books from Amazon. Some of them...
  • [satire] Gay Bar Sues City Over 'Manhole' Ban

    07/23/2019 8:57:34 AM PDT · by chordmaster · 34 replies
    BERKLEY, CA - Owners of "The ManHole" - an iconic local establishment catering to gay, non-binary individuals who identify as male - has filed a lawsuit against the City of Berkley over its recent ban of certain gender specific terms. The lawsuit claims the ban is an "egregious assault on non-threatening casual gender specificity" and that forcing the bar to change its name would be detrimental to business.
  • The Family Planning Title Wave

    07/18/2019 5:20:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Family Research Council ^ | July 18, 2019 | Tony Perkins and FRC senior writers
    The news wasn’t just a shock to the country, it was a shock to Wen herself. “I just learned that the @PPFA Board ended my employment at a secret meeting,” she tweeted. “We were engaged in good faith negotiations about my departure based on philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood.” That “good faith” ended abruptly when the president of America’s abortion giant found out she was fired. One of those philosophical differences, sources say, is that Wen happens to believe women’s health care is for, well, women. “Two sources told BuzzFeed News that Wen refused to...