language

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Bad English, Good Humor, LOL, And Many Surprises, OMG!

Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation
www.ammon-shea.com

06/25/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents documents the state of the English language with author and dictionary collector, Ammon Shea.  The author of Reading the OED has just written a new book -  Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation. Complaints that Americans are ruining the King’s English have been around for hundreds of years…fro

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Miami Accents
8:01 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Do You Sound Like You're From South Florida? Take The NYT Quiz

Our Miami talk is markedly different from the Southern drawls heard farther north in the state, but even within the four South Florida counties, twangs and tones are varied.

The New York Times this week released a dialect map to show its readers how their speech lines up with their hometowns. A quiz asks readers how they pronounce words like "caramel" and "aunt," and the answers generate a color coded map, which also highlights three of the cities whose residents speak most like the quiz taker.

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Language
11:35 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Talk To The Head Honcho; He Speaks Japanese

The Japanese army presses forward in the Pacific theater during World War II.
Keystone Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 12:47 pm

Picture the "head honcho" of an organization and what comes to mind are boardrooms, power and wealth, an individual at the top of his or her game.

But where did the word "honcho" originate? While the word is often mistakenly believed to have Spanish origins, it actually traces its roots to American soldiers who fought in the Pacific during World War II.

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Language
12:34 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Why Academics Need To Chill Out About 'Text Talk,' Srsly

Twerking, taking selfies while dealing with FOMO? A guide for grown-ups to understand what young people are talking about.

For a few years now, teachers and English purists have bemoaned the slow, painful death of language. It was bad enough when only rock music and television were the enemy.

Today it's smartphones. In fact, in a recent article a professor bemoans to The Telegraph that social media network Twitter is causing students’ writing skills to “go down the plug hole.”

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Miami Accents
7:00 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Miami Accents: Why Locals Embrace That Heavy "L" Or Not

Cedric Dumornay is a Miami-based actor who's been learning to speak without his accent over the past two years. After he won a monologue competition, a Los Angeles producer suggested he take accent reduction classes.
Credit Isabel Echarte

Michelle Antelo was born and raised in Miami but has never lived anywhere else. After learning Spanish at home from her Cuban parents, she always thought her English, which she learned at school, was up to American standards.

But, as many Miamians have learned, her way of speaking stuck out around people from places other than Miami. When Antelo was a cheerleader in high school, her Broward County teammates told her she sounded different.

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Miami Accents
10:21 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Miami Accents: How 'Miamah' Turned Into A Different Sort Of Twang

Nicolas Espinosa, 23, came to Miami with his mother, Maria Jose Pautaso, when he was 10. We tested out his Miami twang in an interview.
Credit Nicolas Espinosa

You might’ve heard it when you're out on the town, at Publix, or at that cafe down the street. Or, you might hear it when you open your own mouth.

RELATED: Miami Accents: Why Locals Embrace That Heavy "L" Or Not

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Language
1:18 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

How I Learned To Swear In Cuban

Guillermo Álvarez Guedes, the Cuban comic who made a common Cuban expletive his trademark, died last week in Miami at age 86.
Gaston De Cardenas/El Nuevo Herald MCT via Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 11:38 am

Editor's note: Fair warning — this essay is, in part, about Spanish profanities, and it includes several.

The man who taught me to swear in Cuban died last week.

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Community Contributor
7:23 am
Tue June 25, 2013

High Altitudes Help Languages Form In Different Ways, Study Finds

Tibetans have a unique adaptation to high altitude.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

Language is formed by giving meaning to sounds and stringing together these meaningful expressions to communicate feelings and ideas. Until recently most linguists believed that the relationship between the structure of language and the natural world was mainly the influence of the environment on vocabulary. Now, a new University of Miami study shows that there is a link between geographical elevation and the way language is spoken. 

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Arts & Life
2:13 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Picking 2012's Word Of The Year

Selfie, one of the candidates for 2012's Word of the Year, means a self-portrait photograph, usually posted to a social networking site.
textsfromhillaryclinton.tumblr.com/Original image by Diana Walker for Time

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 2:26 pm

There is a major decision coming up that will truly define the year 2012. Yes, it's almost time for the American Dialect Society to once again vote on the Word of the Year. Will it be selfie? Hate-watching? Superstorm? Double down? Fiscal cliff? Or (shudder) YOLO?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Language Expert Constance Hale: Let Verbs Power Your Writing

Constance Hale
http://sinandsyntax.com

12/27/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with journalist and language expert Constance Hale.  Her latest book concentrates on the “pivot points” of our sentences:  verbs.  In her book, VEX, HEX, SMASH, SMOOCH, she examines both heavenly and headache verbs.  And more.  Linda Gassenheimer and wine columnist Fred Tasker with end of year drinks and food.

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