Marion Barry Could Have Been a Great Mayor in Any Other American City
November 23, 2014
How DC brought out the worst in its infamous mayor.
It has created the toxic dynamic between black boys and white police officers.
May 28, 2014
There isn't much art in her books, but she helped pave the way for black writers who can enjoy the luxury of being merely individuals rather than representatives of their race.
A writer for NPR makes a bold argument—but without the necessary facts.
It’s not language that makes people different, but the culture associated with the language.
Gawker is Trying to Use 'Adult' Language. Good Luck to Them.
April 07, 2014
Why try to avoid lingo? What's slang today is accepted usage tomorrow.
Let's Stop Pretending That French Is an Important Language
February 02, 2014
The idea that American-born children need to learn French has become more reflex than action, like classical music played at the wedding of people who live to modern pop.
It would have saved Grantland some headaches, but it's hopeless.
Internet-Speak is Improving English Because Empathy
January 09, 2014
The real significance of the new "because."
This American Dictionary Is Full of Words You've Never Heard Before
December 18, 2013
There are way more words for soft drinks than just "pop" and "soda."