A soldier is a person. A troop is something from the game of Risk.
New words stick when they come from below, and respond to a real need.
In The Root, Michael Harriot misreads the presidential candidate’s old comments on role models.
A petition accusing Steven Wilson of “white supremacist” language makes no sense, and barely tries to.
It’s outdated. Why not use plain language instead?
The president’s linguistic life is as oral as that of a medieval artisan.
In today’s world, slurs are the real profanity, not the use of an “F-bomb” to describe a mass shooting.
It’s long been accepted that the slur shouldn’t be used by white people to refer to black people. What about referring to the word itself?
He equated being poor with being a person of color. But many people share that sociological assumption.
The definition has grown and shifted over time.
School integration yielded a disturbing by-product: a psychological association between scholastic achievement and whiteness.
A great deal of communication is based on metaphor.
Have 2020 candidates been reading too much French philosophy?
Children can learn quickly by sounding out words, letter by letter—but somehow, the method is still controversial.
Commentary on New York’s elite high schools has focused wrongly on access over preparation.
Embracing your inner child is comforting and fun—and just might revitalize the English language.
Her critics are misreading the linguistic reality of America’s big cities.
Many of the roots of Black English reach back to the speech of rural white folks in the British Isles.
It shows a peculiar aspect of 21st-century America: victimhood chic.
Perhaps there is a difference between donning it to mock black people and donning it to resemble someone, as Mark Herring did.