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But Is It Art?

Posted on April 17 2017 watercolour-2168655_640

How do you describe something that is beautiful? How about well made? What if it is out of the ordinary? Is the description automatically synonymous with ‘art’? As abstract (pun completely intended) as it may be, how can and should art be defined? Art, in form, theory, and construct is always subjective.With that in mind,(…)

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Population Boom, Language Bust: Homogenization at Work

Posted on April 10 2017 Smilies Different Diversity Human Emoticons Masks

Since modern science has extended life spans and lowered infant and child mortality rates, world population has been increasing at an exponential rate leading to major changes in human migration. This migration has created larger and larger populous centers that has resulted in cultural homogenization and the dominance of fewer languages (ahem, English). Okay, that’s(…)

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Food Name Origins: ‘Why Hot Dog?’

Posted on April 03 2017 hot-dog-657039_640

I enjoy stories of how foods travel and get named and then often re-named as they mutate to fit changing tastes. One of my favorite documentaries in recent years was The Search for General Tso which traces the origin of the famous dish while uncovering the history of Chinese immigration to the US in the process.(…)

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Are You Woke?

Posted on March 27 2017 MPD_can_destroy_our_spot,_but_not_our_souls!_Operation_staywoke_(23145268739)

Slang is one of the few aspects of language that has the ability to change in the blink of an eye. As soon as it’s born, it mutates, evolves, and then passes through an extensive transformative process on social media where memes, GIFs, tweets, and status updates spit out any kind of new meaning. While(…)

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Which English Do You Speak?

Posted on March 20 2017 English_in_the_countries_of_the_world

Believe it or not, English still remains today’s lingua franca. Whether you are a native English speaker from the US, Canada, the UK, India, Australia, South Africa, or any of the other numerous English-speaking countries around the world, there’s always some kind of variation between dialects. Personally having surrounded myself with quite a few expatriated Brits while living(…)

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