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Results for "August, 2011"

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  • New words are great for back to school

    It's back to school, and that means it's time for dictionaries to trot out their annual lists of new words. This week, dictionary-maker Merriam-Webster released a list of 150 words just added to its New Collegiate Dictionary for 2011, including "cougar," a middle-aged woman seeking a romantic relationship with a younger man, "boomerang child," a young adult who returns to live at home for financial reasons, and "social media"--if you don't know what that means, then you're still living in the last century. (

  • The Web of Language celebrates 5 years of exposing the truth about language, technology, and education

    The Web of Language Fifth Anniversary

    The Web of Language is five years old today.

  • The APA press release on the dangers of Facebook allows readers to share it on Facebook.

    Facebook and your health: A Dr. Grammar Special Report

    Forget about radiation from cell phones: the real digital killer turns out to be Facebook. Larry Rosen, a psychologist at Cal State Dominguez Hills, has shown that using Facebook can be hazardous to your health.