Word Trends & Stories

  1. Why Do We Use Symbols To Censor Swearwords?

    When the force of a swearword is too extreme (but some form of cuss must be used) symbolic stand-ins have long been used for lewdness. Suffice it to say, any emotional keyboard-striker can blurt out something that people perceive as a sub for swears. Whether it’s to diminish the force of swear, to get around censorship rules, or maybe just because symbols are @#$%ing cool to look at, …

  2. 11 New And Handy Emoji We’ll See In 2020

  3. Absentee Ballot vs. Mail-In Ballot: Is There A Difference?

    As if the coronavirus pandemic wasn’t already challenging enough, the US will be holding a general election in the midst of it. Many people are rightfully concerned that traditional, in-person voting could spread COVID-19, and so some states are changing (or considering changing) their voting rules to make it easier for eligible people to vote by mail. Voting by mail can be done by what’s …

  4. “She Sheds” And Other Words That We Made Unnecessarily Feminine

    Gendered language isn’t anything new. The English language has repeatedly identified people as male or female through titles and other descriptive words. Think waiter/waitress, policeman/policewoman, and so on. Fortunately, many of these words have been replaced by  gender-neutral terms (server and police officer), but at the same time, some of the latest neologisms assign gender to terms that were previously neutral .  We’re talking about terms …

  5. These Words Are Not Acronyms (But People Think They Are)

  6. Where The Bleep Did That Curse Word Come From?

  7. Old (But Not Entirely Forgotten) Office Terminology

  8. How to Talk About Suicide And Mental Health During Mental Health Month

    by Rory Gory There are many stigmas and misconceptions surrounding mental illness, but it’s quite common to experience it. Nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness, translating to about 46.6 million people as of 2017. Whether or not you live with a mental illness, mental health is something that all of us navigate. But often, we struggle to find the right …

  9. “Mistress” And Other Words That Only Apply To Women

    It takes two people to have an affair. Despite this fact, there is a clear disparity in the way the public generally discusses extramarital relationships. Heterosexual men who have affairs are just heterosexual men who had affairs. But, the women with whom they have those affairs quickly get labeled with another term, one for which there is no effective male equivalent in English: mistress. As …

  10. Switch It Up And Try These Synonyms For “LOL”?