the long and the short of it
see long and short of it.
This, It, and the Power of Pronouns
Earlier this year, bloggers at Gawker left behind internet slang for a formal style more in line with the New York Times than gossip blogs. As Gawker attempts to redefine itself as a publishing authority, its new editorial guidelines have adapted to explicitly forbid the language that Gawker’s readers recognize as an identifying component of its brand. One banned term stood out amid the roster …
What is the exact meaning of “mosque” (and “temple” and “church” while we’re at it)?
Debate is easy, and yelling is easier. How often, however, do people examine their most basic knowledge? Right now, the proposed construction of an Islamic worship center in relative proximity to “Ground Zero” in Manhattan is a nexus of conflict and emotion. The missing ingredient is definition. Let’s examine basic terms, starting with mosque. All the variants of “mosque” in European languages go back to the …
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