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African American Vernacular English

African American Vernacular English

June 16, 2020 6:41 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

African American Vernacular English (AAVE) has a number of names, including Black Vernacular English. For many decades now linguists have studied AAVE. They understand it not as a defective form of Standard English. Rather it is a variety of English in its own right. It has its own lexicon, grammar... read more

how reading romance novels can boost your mood

Mood Boosting: Read a Romance

April 17, 2020 11:45 pm Published by 3 Comments

In January, 2015 the Wall Street Journal ran a front page article on the rise of professional cuddlers. These people might charge $1/minute to spoon. No skin-to-skin contact occurs. The cuddlers and their clients keep their clothes on. Their customers say that cuddling lessens anxiety and increases a sense of... read more

remoralize

Remoralize: A Word for 2020

January 7, 2020 6:18 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Yesterday I heard the word ‘remoralize‘ for the first time in my life. Or, at least, I heard it as if it were the first time. A friend was talking about politics, in particular voting, and said that people needed to be remoralized. She then excused herself by saying, “I... read more