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  1. More “Man” Words in the Making

    As we get deeper into this new millennium, one that we like to think might free us from things like racial and gender inequities and stereotypes, some interesting “man-” words have found their way into English. What’s going on? Are we widening the gender chasm, at least linguistically? Manly, Mean, or Meh? The proliferation of male “gender marked” nouns, like man bun, man purse, or …

  2. What Are The ( ) { } [ ] And ⟨ ⟩?

    Though these odd symbols—( ), [ ], { }, and ⟨ ⟩—regularly appear on our books and screens, they all have odd, unexpected origins. What is the ( )? The most familiar of these unusual symbols is probably the ( ), called parentheses. Fun fact: One of them is called a parenthesis, and as a pair the plural are parentheses. Parenthesis literally means “to put …