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Be Your Guest? How About I Just Pay and Leave?
Somehow, at some point, the queued-up masses at drugstores, grocery checkouts, banks and retail establishments from Uniqlo to Staples became “guests” in the common service lexicon, instead of “customers.”
What’s a Newfoundland Accent Worth?
The growth of linguistic tourism from Louisiana to Ireland.
Litotes: the most common rhetorical device you’ve never heard of
If you’ve ever been asked if you like something and replied “it’s not bad”, you were using litotes.
Books, science, words and language
Clean Reader app scrubs sex and profanity from e-books, causing authors to fight back
The most vocal critic has been “Chocolat” author Joanne Harris, who decried “censorship, not by the state, but by a religious minority.”
Dirty Reader App Adds Profanity to Books
“You decide how dirty your books should appear and Dirty Reader does the rest,” claimed the ad. But it was just an April Fool.
A Linguistic Comparison of Letters of Recommendation for Male and Female Chemistry and Biochemistry Job Applicants
Letters of recommendation are central to the hiring process. However, gender stereotypes could bias how recommenders describe female compared to male applicants.
You forgot to put the cocks forward
British Summer Time started on Sunday.