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Google’s Strange Discomfort With Sexuality

The list of words banned from the latest Android operating system is as baffling as it is odd. Apparently, the Internet giant is not OK with words like “preggers” and “uterus” but it also has something against “LSAT.” What gives, Google?

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Literally’ Is Literally Old News

The Oxford English Dictionary now includes a common yet incorrect usage of the word “literally.” The entry states the word can be employed “for emphasis rather than being actually true.”

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Capitalism Is Changing Our Language

Researchers at UCLA put 1.5 million English-language books into a tool that catalogs phrase usage and found that “over the last 200 years there has been an ever-increasing use of particularly acquisitive words: ‘get’, ‘unique’, ‘individual’, ‘self’, ‘choose’; while over the same period ‘give’ and ‘obliged’ decreased,” Owen Hatherley writes at The Guardian.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE



Impoverished Countries Less Accepting of Homosexuality

Studies show nations such as Ghana and El Salvador reject gays far more than their more affluent counterparts; Wisconsin legislators are trampling on investigative journalism; meanwhile, the modern manufacturing industry manages to be both a tremendous economic driver and a tough business in which to get a job. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 READ MORE


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