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10 Things People Once Complained Would Ruin The English Language

You've probably heard that English is being ruined — by the Internet, by texting, by Americans, by young people who have no respect for proper grammar. But it turns out that people have always worried over English, and over the centuries, have accused all sorts of things of "ruining" the language. » 2/06/15 1:28pm 2/06/15 1:28pm

The Many Dialects Of American English, In One Charming Video

This June, Joshua Katz of NC State put together some beautiful dialect maps of the United States based on data from the 2003 Harvard Dialect Survey, revealing, among other fun facts, that Eastern Wisconsin and Rhode Island are the only places that mispronounce "water fountains" as "bubblers": » 11/26/13 12:50pm 11/26/13 12:50pm

A Love Letter to My Favorite Word: DUDE

Dude. DUDE. Dude, I love the word "dude" so much. It's so versatile. It's so casual yet punchy. It can convey, "I really mean business here!" and "I am a fun type of person who doesn't take life too seriously" in the same syllable. WHILE SKATEBOARDING. It is far superior to "guy," which implies a kind of distance, an… » 10/25/13 4:52pm 10/25/13 4:52pm

Fuck Your Delicate Sensibilities, I'm Going to Swear as Much as I Want

I swear a lot. In writing, if not so much in speech (but, fuck it, also a lot of times in speech). Swearing is awesome, because it adds a little extra punch to your sentence that lets people know you mean business! Or, at least, I guess that's how most people characterize the function of swearing. Personally, I don't… » 5/15/13 5:19pm 5/15/13 5:19pm

High School Umpire Orders Players To Stop Speaking Spanish

Gadsden (N.M.) High School is in a district where 97 percent of the students are Hispanic, so members of the Panthers baseball team are used to speaking to each other in Spanish. But in a game on Tuesday, they were told to cut it out by an umpire who threatened to eject anyone who spoke anything but English on the… » 4/12/13 4:43pm 4/12/13 4:43pm