Browsing All posts tagged under »language«

What’s in A Name?

September 26, 2018


Names of anything in our world are useful to different degrees during different times of our lives. Toddlers are often called upon to display their inordinate intelligence by naming animals, when shown pictures of such animals.  They also shriek “Elmo!” (or some vague approximation) when confronted with an image of the lovable, red Muppet. As […]

No Problem!

October 25, 2017


Contrary to the title of this post, it will not be about Trump’s answer to himself in the mirror, asking “Can I wipe out all GOP congressmen who don’t suck up to me?” Instead, this post is about the death of a beloved American phrase, “You’re welcome.” With the exception of the recent revival of […]

This Post is Literally Unique

July 1, 2015


  Anyone who has ever tried to read Shakespeare in the original English, must be aware that the language (any language) is always changing. Life in the Boomer Lane’s mother-in-law left Turkey decades ago and took all of her language with her. While she was absent from Turkish soil, the Turkish language wasn’t. For that […]

Where is Your Placenta Buried?

June 28, 2012


In a piece titled Vanishing Voices, the current issue of National Geographic presents five  languages across the globe that are on the verge of becoming extinct. According to NatGeo, “one language dies every 14 days.  By the next century nearly half of the roughly 14,000 languages spoken on earth will likely disappear…” The evolution of language […]

The Language of Love

May 8, 2012


It is commonly assumed that the most powerful words in creating relationship consist of one of the following: “Oh my, yes, ooooooh.” “Hmmmm, baby, you taste so fine.” “You make me hot all over ohmygoddoesallthatbelongtoyou?!” Shockingly, this is not the case.  James Pennebaker, a psychologist who studies the use of pronouns has determined that pronouns […]