With the advent of the Trump presidency, language is undergoing a shift in the United States: It now treats dissent, critical media and scientific evidence as a species of "fake news."
The vocabulary and speaking style of Donald Trump's press secretary resembles a form of speech from George Orwell's "1984."
The change from a print-based to an image-based society has transformed our nation. All the traditional tools of democracies—including dispassionate scientific and historical truth, facts, news and rational debate—are useless instruments in a world that lacks the capacity to use them.
The recent sparring in Spanish between GOP presidential rivals Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz offers a glimpse into Americans’ shifting and sometimes conflicted views on heritage and language use in the U.S.
“I think that the word 'ideology' has to be used very carefully But when people come forward with rather simplistic truths -- you already know you’re in trouble when they say they’ve got the truth -- and they say: 'This is what must happen This is how things work This is what dominates society' That’s an ideology"“I think that the word 'ideology' has to be used very carefully'".
The United States now has 41 million native Spanish speakers and 11 million people who are bilingual.
You can say goodbye to all your old disproportionate Barbies thanks to designer Nickolay Lamm's new doll; Obama may have set a precedent for a conservative president with his executive orders; meanwhile, studies show infants recognize the language they hear when born even after years of no longer speaking it. These discoveries and more after the jump.
To help it judge whether to take specific threats online seriously, the U.S. Secret Service has offered a contract for analytics software that can be used "to detect sarcasm and false positives" on Twitter and other social media.
"Uptalk," the habit of increasing the pitch of one's voice at the end of sentences, is on the rise among California males, new research shows.