Price Gouging in a Second Language

Research on differences between decisions made in a person’s native tongue and decisions made in a second language reminded me of an unexplored idea in the social dynamics surrounding price gouging. I’ve devoted a few posts to the question of whether or not price gouging laws get applied in a discriminatory fashion against “outsiders,” primarily … More Price Gouging in a Second Language

The Nsa Surveillance Dictionary

I meant to include this wry article in my previous post on surveillance, abuse of power, and abuse of language, but then I decided that it deserves its own post. Rather in the spirit of Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary, Philip Bump proposes that we bear in mind the NSA Surveillance Dictionary when trying to … More The Nsa Surveillance Dictionary

Language, Deception, and the People Comprising the Surveillance State

Newspeak, anyone? Language has long been a tool for persuasion and in the fight against tyranny and oppression, and in 1984 George Orwell pointed out how important language is when he featured the effects of the state’s attempts to steer and control the content and use of language. This week, more reporters are revealing the … More Language, Deception, and the People Comprising the Surveillance State

Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling

Lynne Kiesling The Oatmeal is a great one-man operation with outstanding, witty visual representations of a range of topics, including 10 Things You Need To Stop Tweeting About. For this one he earns my undying gratitude: 10 Words You Need To Stop Misspelling Love.Love.Love. Will be sharing with all of my students. I wish I … More Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling