Tag Archives: language

Language Maestro: Dr. Seuss

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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” Oh, the places you’ll go!, Dr. Seuss Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer, best known for the wealth of children’s books written under the name of Dr. Seuss. Over 600 million copies of his(…)


Things You Never Thought You’d Say: Are Dictionaries Dying?

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There is often much conflict about which words rightfully and wrongfully end up in the Oxford Dictionary each year. Recent areas of conflict have been the Word Of 2015, which was the winky face emoji, and a very new entry which is the questionable Chinese helicopter, already receiving complaints in the form of a petition(…)


Talking to Our Computers: The Rise of Natural Language Search

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Cast your mind back to the late nineties, if you’re old enough, with the sound of your dial-up internet connecting as background music. You open AskJeeves and enter a question into the search bar: “Who are the spice girls?” While AskJeeves may have faded in relevance in the face of the giant of all search(…)


Why Cursing Feels So Damn Good

We’ve all let out an expletive (or five) when bashing a knee into the corner of the table or standing on a piece of lego. It’s a knee-jerk response, and let’s face it, it feels good. But did you know that not only is swearing in these situations sweetly satisfying, it also helps relieve the(…)


The Tower of Babel, Translation, and Earpiece Technology

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The year is some indeterminate point in the future. Gone are our pocket guides teaching us standard phrases to use when we travel abroad. Disappeared are the dual-language signs in restaurants and bars the length and breadth of the world over, that previous have caused us everything from amusement to hilarity with their attempts at(…)


If Disney Princesses Were Filipina

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Disney princesses have been re-imagined by many a fan artist over the years. You have your real life, your Renaissance, and your realistic relatable millennials. For diversity, you have Disney as dudes and different ethnicities. And under the category of perhaps what were you thinking, you have cement mixers, Minions, and X-Men. We also hear(…)


Albright vs. Sarandon: How Feminist Rhetoric is Impacting the Presidential Race

Feminist rhetoric is playing a huge part in this round of U.S. presidential elections because, as I’m sure everyone is more than aware, powerhouse Hillary Clinton is a top dog in the bid for presidency. However, more often than not this same rhetoric takes on a heated tone, often veering into sexist waters which can(…)


Slang 2016: Just Where Are We?

Ever get the feeling that the people around you are speaking an entirely different language to you? We don’t mean that you’ve taken an impromptu holiday and found yourself surrounded by people speaking in a foreign tongue, although that doesn’t sound like the worst idea in the world really, now does it? No, what we’re(…)