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Live Chat on Language Culture Nov 8

Posted by Michael Dolan on October 31, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Are there really 175 languages spoken in and around London? Find out during this live online chat Nov 8 on language learning and social inclusion. To join the chat: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/oct/31/cultural-power-of-languages-live-chat   It’s all part of the Guardian and British Academy’s November language festival: http://www.theguardian.com/language-festival  

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Block That Cliché!

Posted by Michael Dolan on October 24, 2013 in Uncategorized |

The cool phrase to use this season to show you are a trendy and knowledgeable TV football announcer is “outside shoulder.”  It’s about where to hit the receiver with a pass.  Just listen, the announcers are all over it. Last year, it was “edge,” referring to running around the line. The year before, it was […]

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Congress is Your Mirror. Make It and Take It.

Posted by Michael Dolan on October 14, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Stop blaming Congress for being “polarized” or “dysfunctional.”  Congress is acting exactly the way you voted for its members to behave.  Congress exists to work through conflict.  Conflict that actually exists in the country.  It’s not Scout camp. Approximately 20% to 30% of voters hate the idea of Barack Obama being president and they have […]

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I’m Not “Neurotic”

Posted by Michael Dolan on October 10, 2013 in Uncategorized |

A single word — wrongly applied — can disrupt a marriage or a country, says Thomas Moore, former Catholic monk and now a therapist. Further: “The bland and bloated language of politics blocks the opportunity for leaders to truly inspire and educate. Imagine hearing instead a thoughtful, measured analysis of the world situation from a […]

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Life of the “Cool”

Posted by Michael Dolan on October 10, 2013 in Uncategorized |

I really like the word “cool.”  I use it and so does almost everyone else.  It’s been popular for years, outlasting most other “hip” terms for more than 50 years.  Hipsters still use it.  Business people use it.  Four-year-olds use it. I’m collecting information on the word and will eventually have something original to say. […]

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Careless Language Extends Debate

Posted by Michael Dolan on October 10, 2013 in Uncategorized |

The ground has been well-trod over the past few years, but here’s an interesting discussion of why “Obamacare” vs. “Affordable Care Act” makes a difference.  Charlene Obernauer, democratic activist, notes more polled Americans support one than the other. More interesting is the Republican Party use of the word “bill” to refer to the three-year-old law.  […]

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Are We Going To Get a Refund for the Shutdown? Call the FTC.

Posted by Michael Dolan on October 9, 2013 in Uncategorized |

One reason Republicans have been successful so far in their stand-off with the president is that the general concept of “government shutdown” doesn’t sound so bad to most Americans. We created ourselves by revolting against the most powerful and effective government on the planet at the time.  And Americans ever since have been suspicious of […]

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