The Maya language doesn't acknowledge time, not even with prepositions like "before" and "after." These kinds of linguistic tics are often overlooked or outright lost when we talk about translation, but there's also a lot we can learn from them about the powers of perception and language.
Following the example of Lizzo several weeks ago, Beyoncé Knowles is to replace the word "spaz" from her album Renaissance. The word is a commonplace slur in the UK, reflecting the recent and widespread offical use of the term "spastic" to refer to people with cerebral palsy and other movement disorders. The disabled community called… READ THE REST
This Sentence Rephraser by Ginger Software spits out a list of different ways to say the same thing. It's like a thesaurus, but for an entire sentence instead of just one word. Whether you're writing a paper or composing an email, it's a great way to rephrase an awkward sentence, or find a slightly different… READ THE REST
Colin Morris noted that on Reddit, a certain form of compound pejoratives—two words such as "buttface", "shitlord", "douchebag"—are found in diverse yet formulaic proliferation. So it's time—with appropriate warnings about the presence of very offensive words—for some data science. I collected lists of around 70 prefixes and 70 suffixes (collectively, "affixes") that can be flexibly… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. In the modern world, we're practically dependent on the internet. Everything from working to socializing and general entertainment can be found on the web. So if we can't seem to get our… READ THE REST
Remember the last time you juiced up your iPhone using that short little charging cable it came with? The phone probably rang mid-charge, and it was a call you absolutely had to take. Of course, if you were at full charge, you could've taken the call from the comfort of your armchair. But if that… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Let's face it. Getting what you need from a store shouldn't be insanely inconvenient. But, often, that can be precisely the case, and sometimes prices can make the experience even worse. So, with no… READ THE REST