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A case recently argued before the US Supreme Court — by telephone! — teaches us a lot about trademarks, generic terms, and domain names.  Continue reading...
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Do the profound insights made by J. L. Austin and Paul Grice have any application to "conversations" in which the traffic in words is by definition all or nearly all one-way?  Continue reading...
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Before the 20th century, generational names were rare or nonexistent. What changed? And what do the names of generations tell us about history and identity?  Continue reading...
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This inescapable (literally) fact that we're all spending a lot of time at home these days got us thinking about words for house and home. Many of those words — such as domestic, domicile, and domain — share a common root with a long and interesting history.  Continue reading...
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Most people will spend five years and four months on social media over their lifetime. Are you addicted to your smartphone, and has it gotten worse than ever?  Continue reading...
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