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Linguistically, it seems, the second decade of the 21st century was all about our selves. At its annual meeting the American Dialect Society selected (my) pronouns as its word of the year for 2019 and singular or nonbinary they as the word of the decade.  Continue reading...
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Here's a look back at the brands that made the biggest impact — positive or negative — on technology, culture, and society.  Continue reading...
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Want to create your own memorable character names? Here are some strategies that work... and some pitfalls to sidestep.  Continue reading...
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In many ways, Prohibition was a social and legal failure, but in one respect it succeeded wildly: It vastly enriched our lexicons of slang and marketing, often to lasting effect.  Continue reading...
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What a glorious time to be job-hunting in the US! I'm not talking about the relatively low unemployment rate; I'm referring to the high rate of job-title inflation.  Continue reading...
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What are you reading right here, right now? A sentence? A paragraph? An article? In the universe of 21st-century media and marketing, these words on this website are content. What does all this content have in common? That glorious, maddening series of tubes, the internet.  Continue reading...
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Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language is a sparkling new book by the linguist Gretchen McCulloch whose title is both a description and an example of one of the "new rules."  Continue reading...
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