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Tipping the Swear Jar: How mewithoutYou Used the F-Bomb to Say More Than the F-Word

Lyricist Aaron Weiss of post-punk Christian band mewithoutyou used the F-word in a song and it got banned from radio and the album got pulled from record stores. Meanwhile, his fans ponder his parodying of cultural mores.

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The Moving Pixels Podcast Experiences 'Event 0'

This week we explore Event [0] and its experiment with language as a form of gameplay.

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Every F***ing Thing You Need to Know About Profanity

Why "jeepers creepers" should be more profane than any word you (still) can't say on television, why it isn't, and why that matters.

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From (Almost) the Big Bang to Tara to Patrick: 'The Origins of the Irish'

J.P. Mallory's work serves as a trustworthy, eminently scholarly but accessible guide past tricky diversions and evasive directions in history.

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The Power of Language and Fear in 'Doctor Who'

Language as we know it, is human. The Dalek's limited vocabulary suggests that they were once exposed to human language or were once human. The Dalek's world is limited by its primary purposes to kill enemies and achieve world domination.

Liam Bishop
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'The English Is Coming!' A Different Form of Global Domination

Robots! Bikinis! Language definitely influences society and culture; here is a glimpse into certain English terms that have made their mark on the world.

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'Dreaming in Hindi': Total Immersion, or Panicked Submersion?

Even at 45, Rich must defend her reputation. As she filters it through what would have been her acquired Hindi: “I have not been bringing men up to my room. I have not been throwing condoms onto people’s roofs.”

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The Linguists

The last Chemehuevi-speaking Indian drives a tractor for a living and is wearing a Caterpillar tractor hat and dark sunglasses, speaking the last utterances of a language that predates writing.

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Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf

Because "the act of reading is not natural" in the sense of "genetically organized," the brain must "rearrange itself" to do so, a process Wolf explains on a neuronal level.

Carlin Romano
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The Golden Rule #4

Musings on the Ethics of Contemporary Journalism


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