L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

BY Erin McCarthy In 1909, writing under the pseudonym James Redding Ware, British writer Andrew Forrester published Passing English of the Victorian era, a dictionary of heterodox English, slang and phrase. “Thousands of words and phrases in existence in 1870 have drifted away, or changed their forms, or been absorbed, while as many have been …

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Here are a few lucky words that have been preserved in common English expressions. Mental Floss Image credit: miss_j / iStock / Getty Images Plus. English has changed a lot in the last several hundred years, and there are many words once used that we would no longer recognize today. For whatever reason, we started …

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The surprising forces influencing the complexity of the language we speak and write. Nautilus Julie Sedivy “[[[When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people [to dissolve the political bands [which have connected them with another]] and [to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station [to …

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How filler words and tiny pauses keep conversations from going off the rails. The Atlantic | Julie Beck Photo by Ian Ross Pettigrew / Getty / The Atlantic. When one person asks another a question, it takes an average of 200 milliseconds for them to respond. This is so fast that we can’t even hear …

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Kelly Magyarics Lonely Planet Writer Words matter. That’s the takeaway from a new interactive museum opening in Washington, D.C. this spring. Planet Word is scheduled to open 31 May 2020, a 51,000-square-foot space housed in the Franklin School designed to educate us about language arts through engaging exhibits about the spoken, sung and written word. …

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