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The “Future” is Closer than You Think

Posted by Michael Dolan on March 23, 2013 in Uncategorized |

You thought you were in control of the words bouncing around your head.  The author of a recent international survey of languages disagrees with you. Speakers of a language with future markers are more likely to be successful than people who use language that make a strong distinction between today and some undefined “future.”  Language […]

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Free Speech — But “Restrained”

Posted by Michael Dolan on March 21, 2013 in Uncategorized |

As is so typical of the argument, UK magazine editor and blogger Tom Jamison begin his attack on free speech by saying he supports “a free press” and “all forms of written expression.” Then he reveals his main point: “I also, however, believe in restraint and punishment of those who abuse their right to free […]

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The Pun Also Rises

Posted by Michael Dolan on March 20, 2013 in Uncategorized |

This is a title of a recent book addressing the humor idiom both most condemned and most practiced. While enjoyable, as with all long essays on small topics, the importance is a bit overblown.  Writer John Pollack is to be admired for strenuous research trough the ages.  This guy told a pun, this guy and […]

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Your Aim is True or True-ish

Posted by Michael Dolan on March 1, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Pollster Frank Luntz helped invigorate his political party, he says, because he realized words are not fixed points on a map. They exist on shifting ground. A phrase that once carried a punch may grow toxic or just fall limp. “The phraseology determines the context. And the context determines success or failure,” Luntz says, as […]

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