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The term “fair deal” has been bandied about of late, but I like “square deal” because it resonates with all the issues wrapped up in the fight over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Both a movement and a president have … Continue reading
Hank Green expounds on the evolutionary psychology of swearing. I can testify to the fact that it makes pain more endurable, which is why people react to unexpected pain out loud.
Actually, eleven and a half — but close enough. This is an excellent introduction to the history of the mother tongue, and poses exactly the right question at the end: if English has so little to do with England anymore … Continue reading
Flula, a German man pursuing his passions for hip-hop and basketball in the US, has become a YouTube star by posting his wry observations on whatever American idiomatic expressions he’s heard lately.
The master race faced a cognitive dissonance between its needs and its rhetoric. Planning an offensive against Russia, a nation far more populous than Germany, der fuhrer found himself in need of allies. Solution: declare a Slavic, and therefore decidedly … Continue reading
In the continuing quest to promote their “narcissist” meme, Faux Noise has been counting the number of times the president uses the first-person singular pronoun in his speeches. Of course, they do this without context or comparison. Mark Lieberman makes … Continue reading