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  • New Navajo language app on the market

    11/13/2020 9:20:25 AM PST · by CedarDave · 16 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | November 12, 2020 | Anthony Jackson
    Saving a language … is there an app for that? There is now, thanks to a project by Rosetta Stone and the Navajo Language Renaissance to help users learn Diné, the Navajo language, according to a news release. “We’re trying to share with those that don’t know their Navajo language or for those that have an interest in learning a language,” said Clayton Long, director and president of the Navajo Language Renaissance board. As of 2011, Navajo is the most spoken Native American language, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. However, fewer than 170,000 people speak it, earning it status...
  • Why Jew Hatred Is Always A Hallmark Of The Totalitarian Left: The Judeo-Christian idea that language corresponds with reality, a feature of the classical liberal system, is a threat

    10/26/2020 6:43:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10/26/2020 | Peter Burfeind
    Bari Weiss’s recent essay in Tablet, “Stop Being Shocked,” is a must-read for anyone hot on the trail of the metaphysical shift going on in American culture. She exposes the threat leftism poses to Jewish self-identity, but at a deeper level, she adds to the growing body of evidence proving the hopeless incompatibility of leftism and liberalism.Weiss begins with a useful definition of liberalism: [T]he belief that everyone is equal because everyone is created in the image of God. The belief in the sacredness of the individual over the group or the tribe. The belief that the rule of...
  • The Old English Alphabet Used To Have More Than 26 Letters

    10/05/2020 5:59:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 71 replies ^ | 14 Sept 2020 | Tom Hale
    As any grade-schooler can tell you, the alphabet weÂ’re using right now is made up of 26 letters. However, until not too long ago, this cast of letters had a few more characters that have since been killed off, quashed, or exiled into oblivion. The writing system used for modern English, along with many other European languages, is widely known as the Latin alphabet as itÂ’s the great-grandchild of the classical Latin alphabet spread across much of Europe by the Romans. However, like all writing systems, itÂ’s history is complex and muddled with a whole load of interconnected influences from...
  • Language and Thought

    09/23/2020 5:07:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | September 23, 2020 | Walter E. Williams
    Seventeenth-century poet and intellect John Milton predicted, "When language in common use in any country becomes irregular and depraved, it is followed by their ruin and degradation." Gore Vidal, his 20th-century intellectual successor, elaborated saying: "As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate." Sloppy language permits people to get away with speaking and doing all manner of destructive nonsense without being challenged. Let's look at the concept of "white privilege," the notion that white people have benefited in American history relative to, and at the expense of, "people of color." It...
  • The Atlantic: Do You Speak Fox? How Donald Trump’s favorite news source became a language

    09/16/2020 11:45:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Megan Garber
    All happy families are alike; some unhappy families are unhappy because of Fox News. You might have come across the articles (“I Lost My Dad to Fox News” / “Lost Someone to Fox News?” / “‘Fox News Brain’: Meet the Families Torn Apart by Toxic Cable News”), or the Reddit threads, or support groups on Facebook, as people have sought ways to mourn loved ones who are still alive. The discussions consider a loss that Americans don’t have good language for, in part because the loss itself is a matter of language: They describe what it’s like to find yourself...
  • Best Original Lexophile Jokes

    09/01/2020 4:00:05 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 31 replies
    email from friend/NYT | 9/1/2020 | unknown/multiple
    An annual competition is held by the New York Times to see who can create the best original lexophile. This year's submissions: I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. It's syncing now. England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool. Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes. This girl today said she recognized me from the Vegetarians Club, but I'd swear I've never met herbivore. I know a guy who's addicted to drinking brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time. A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months. When the smog lifts in...
  • Eskimo Pie no more: Ice cream owners will drop 'derogatory' name

    08/03/2020 2:21:18 PM PDT · by edwinland · 135 replies
    CNN ^ | June 20, 2020 | Alta Spells and Jay Croft
    After nearly 100 years, Eskimo Pie ice cream will get a new name. "We are committed to being a part of the solution on racial equality, and recognize the term is derogatory," Elizabell Marquez, head of marketing for parent company Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, told CNN in a statement. The chocolate-covered vanilla ice cream bar joins brands such as Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben's in overhauling long-used names and marketing strategies considered racially offensive... The name "Eskimo" is commonly used in Alaska to refer to Inuit and Yupik people, according to the Alaska Native Language Center at the University of...
  • Rutgers English Department to deemphasize traditional grammar ‘in solidarity with Black Lives Matter’

    07/20/2020 5:39:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 84 replies
    College Fix ^ | July 20, 2020 | Alex Frank
    The English Department at Rutgers University recently announced a list of “anti-racist” directives and initiatives for the upcoming fall and spring semesters, including an effort to deemphasize traditional grammar rules. The initiatives were spelled out by Rebecca Walkowitz, the English Department chair at Rutgers University, and sent to faculty, staff and students in an email, a copy of which was obtained by The College Fix.
  • Will the Associated Press Go Woke? We’ll Soon Find Out.

    07/18/2020 7:50:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | July 18, 2020 | Ken LaCorte
    On Juneteenth, the Associated Press announced it will capitalize “Black” when referencing people. AP executive John Daniszewski writes that now, “The lowercase black is a color, not a person.” For white people? The AP is making that decision this weekend. Who really cares if news articles capitalize one and not the other? You should. It’s more than a mere capitalization. Symbolically elevating one race over another based on skin color is the literal definition of racism. And it’s creepy. It leads to bizarre sentences such as: · “The Black girl handed the white girl a pencil.” · “We saw whites...
  • The Court Of Master Sommeliers Will No Longer Use The Word 'Master' When Referring To People [Let Us Eliminate 'Master' to Soothe the WOKE!]

    06/23/2020 3:53:49 PM PDT · by SES1066 · 80 replies
    Delish.Com ^ | 06/23/2020 | Alexis Morillo
    The Court of Master Sommeliers is getting rid of the word "master" in common practice. It's typical for master sommeliers to be referred to as "Master" followed by their last name, but the prestigious wine organization is changing that in an attempt to make the wine industry more inclusive. >>> How many other 'masters' need to be eliminated to satisfy these purblind fanatics?
  • Assam Man Brings Fish to Fight COVID-19, Guess Why!

    05/05/2020 1:43:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The New Indian Express ^ | 05th May 2020
    English terms used by the government in its awareness drives on the pandemic are misunderstood by a section of people in rural Assam and perhaps in other parts of the country tooIn rural India, one does not have to fish for innocence. It simply floats up, even during tough times like these. Last week, a villager who was suffering from an illness visited the government-run Block Primary Health Centre in Northern Assam’s Udalguri town to get medicines. As he was not wearing anything to cover his face, the “sister” (nurse) at the medicine counter advised the man to go and...
  • Etymology: Do Not Try This At Home

    04/04/2020 7:01:51 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 5 replies
    MOTUS ^ | 4-4-20 | MOTUS
    It’s been a grueling week. How about we divert our attention for a minute or two away from the COVID-19 pandemic?First, on the etymology (etymology - the study of the history of words, their origins, and how their form and meaning have changed over time; derives from the Greek word etumos, meaning true) of a couple of common computer related terms.Don’t even get me started on the etymology of “floppy.”My second offering is unrelated to etymology and only tangentially related to COVID-19 (which btw is correctly typed in upper-case as it is shorthand for CoronaVirus Disease originating in 2019 -...
  • Poll: Just 1% of Hispanic Dems in Florida Prefer The Term ‘Latinx’

    03/10/2020 8:00:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 9, 2020 | Collin Anderson
    Just 1 percent of Hispanic Democratic voters in Florida prefer the term "Latinx," the gender-free alternative to "Latino" and "Latina" that has been embraced by several liberal groups and top Democratic politicians, according to a new poll. The poll, shared Monday by Politico‘s Marc Caputo, surveyed 800 Hispanic Democrats in Florida and found the preferred label is still "Hispanic," the primary choice of 69 percent of respondents. Twenty-three percent said they preferred "Latino," 9 percent said they had no preference, and 1 percent said they preferred "Latinx," an attempt to remove the gender forms inherent in the Spanish language. Support...
  • Of Course The Chinese Didn't Discover America. But Then Nor Did Columbus

    01/20/2006 8:18:53 AM PST · by blam · 71 replies · 1,521+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1-20-2006 | Simon Jenkins
    Of course the Chinese didn't discover America. But then nor did Columbus A map supporting claims that the admiral Zheng He reached the New World in the early 15th century is plainly a hoax Simon Jenkins Friday January 20, 2006 The Guardian (UK) We all know that a lie goes halfway round the world while truth is putting on its boots. But what if the lie goes the whole way? What if it claims to circumnavigate the globe? Last week came purported evidence that the Chinese admiral Zheng He sailed his great fleet of junks round the world a century...
  • Need an Attorney?

    02/24/2020 2:40:14 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 26 replies
    email from friend | 2/24/2020 | multiple
    These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while the exchanges were taking place. ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning? WITNESS: He said, 'Where am I, Cathy?' ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you? WITNESS: My name is Susan! _______________________________ ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact? WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks. ____________________________________________ ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active? WITNESS: No,...
  • Gender Pronouns Can Be Tricky on Campus. Harvard Is Making Them Stick. The push for personal pronouns like “they/them” and “ze/hir” can ignite a power struggle in college classrooms. The Kennedy School of Government’s solution? Stickers.

    02/19/2020 4:46:57 AM PST · by karpov · 88 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 19, 2020 | Anemona Hartocollis
    For generations of future diplomats and cabinet officials educated at Harvard’s renowned John F. Kennedy School of Government, orientation day has come with a name placard that the students carry from class to class, so their professors can easily call on them. When Diego Garcia Blum, 30, got his placard last fall, the first-year graduate student immediately took a Sharpie to it, writing “He/Him” next to the big block letters of his name. Other students did the same thing, writing “She/Her” and “They/Them.” “Yup! Day 1,” Mr. Garcia Blum, recalled, adding, “That’s when I thought, the students are ahead of...
  • OMG! The Weaponization of Language

    02/16/2020 4:33:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | February 16, 2020 | Mark t. Mitchell
    It has been said that money is power. Some have suggested that knowledge is power. For Nietzsche, language was a central aspect of power. Frederich Nietzsche noted that the “lordly right of giving names extends so far that one should allow oneself to conceive the origin of language itself as an expression of power.” Philosophers have long recognized language as a crucial faculty that distinguishes man from other creatures. Aristotle wrote that human beings, unlike other animals, possess “rational speech,” which is, among other things, for distinguishing between the just and the unjust. That is to say, language is employed...
  • Social Liberal Is Silenced Over Belief That There Are ‘Only 2 Sexes’

    01/27/2020 10:53:09 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 23, 2020 | Nicole Russell
    Weeks after J.K. Rowling expressed disdain for a British employer firing an employee for stating sex is binary, another employer—this time in the U.S.—allegedly fired a freelance columnist for saying there are only two sexes. Jon Caldara, a regular columnist for The Denver Post, announced Jan. 17 in a Facebook post that the publication had fired him for his traditional, but apparently offensive and “insensitive,” beliefs about sex and gender. An editor’s note posted Jan.21 at The Denver Post confirmed Megan Schrader, editor of The Denver Post’s editorial pages, decided the publication no longer would run Caldara’s weekly freelance column,...
  • Democrats scale back language as Trump and GOP press ahead with attacks on Senate impeachment trial

    01/23/2020 5:23:01 AM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 30 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | Jan 23, 2020 | Seung Min Kim, Elise Viebeck, Colby Itkowitz
    House Democrats charged with prosecuting the impeachment case against President Trump on Wednesday scaled back their fiery language following a rare scolding from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., as they began laying out their case for Trump’s removal from office for pressuring Ukraine to help him win reelection. But as Democrats softened their tone if not their message, Trump and his fellow Republicans dialed up their partisan rhetoric, with GOP senators largely ignoring Roberts’s admonition and leveling scathing attacks against the trial’s prosecutors.... The Republican barrage was led by Trump himself, who in Davos, Switzerland, called the top House...
  • Diversity Isn’t Always the Answer

    01/23/2020 12:54:58 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 22, 2020 | Walter E. Williams
    It’s nearly impossible to have even a short conversation with a college administrator, politician, or chief executive without the words diversity and inclusion dropping from their lips. Diversity and inclusion appear to be the end-all and be-all of their existence. So, I thought I’d begin this discussion by first looking up the definition of diversity. Here’s my question to those who are wedded to diversity and inclusion: Are people better off the less they have in common with one another? For example, women are less likely to be able to march 12.4 miles in five hours with an 83-pound assault...