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Which words should be banished? “Adorkable,” “YOLO,” and “influencer” are popular suggestions. But policing language is a fraught exercise

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Which words should be banished? “Adorkable,” “YOLO,” and “influencer” are popular suggestions. But policing language is a fraught exercise
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cjmcnamara
6 days ago
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in other news i just learned the other day that "fraught" comes from "freight" (as in "burdened") and not from "fray" which was my first guess
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Switched-on Bach, exploring the potential of electronic music in 1968

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This ground-breaking album seems to not be available for sale or streaming anywhere. So I'd purchased a used LP and digitized it for all to enjoy! Switched-On Bach by Wendy Carlos on Internet Archive (via Sarah Wallin Huff on MltShp). The first classical music LP ever to be certified for a Platinum Record Award, by selling to hundreds of thousands of mostly younger listeners who didn't normally buy classical recordings. Carlos saw the Moog voice as valid on its own terms, which may be one reason why this album still stands out today, when compared with some of the more flamboyant work that followed from others (AllMusic review). More on the album from Wendy herself.
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cjmcnamara
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A Plea From 33 Writers: Words Matter. Stop Using ‘Quid Pro Quo.’

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The writers urge The Times to avoid language that people don’t understand or that underplays the facts.

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cjmcnamara
9 days ago
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"Please also stop using the phrase “dig up dirt.” This slang has unsavory connotations. Instead, please use the more formal, direct and powerful phrase “create false evidence,” or “find incriminating evidence” or the simpler “tell lies about.”" bingo
fxer
8 days ago
Hmm dig up dirt to me means find negative shit that already exists, while fabricating from whole cloth is a different thing. Is the article suggesting these are synonyms?
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Experts Back Mandatory Bike Helmets but Not All Cyclists Are Sold

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The National Transportation Safety Board recommended that helmets be required for bicyclists but some biking enthusiasts object.

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cjmcnamara
9 days ago
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torn on this but honestly though there needs to be a no-texting-and-biking/hands-free-only law
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The Passion of Newt Gingrich

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Isaac Chotiner interviews the former House Speaker Newt Gingrich about Donald Trump’s views on China, whether there was a quid pro quo in the President’s dealings with Ukraine, and conservative support for Trump.
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cjmcnamara
10 days ago
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"I think that’s right. I think that’s a reasonable analysis." welp
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I made a boo-boo, yeah

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"In March 1991 Kid Pix 1.0 was released, and things started to get really good. Sales were significantly above expectations and the reviews were exceptional. Very positive reviews appeared in MacUser, The San Jose Mercury News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Whole Earth Review. A MacWorld Magazine review stated, 'Pros: Brilliant; hilarious; innovative; inexpensive. Cons: None.'" Craig Hickman, author of Kid Pix, recounts its prehistory, inspiration, guiding principles, early development, publication by Broderbund, and stunning success.

The many lines of Undo Guy
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cjmcnamara
11 days ago
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KID PIX! Even better than Oregon Trail on a 5.25" floppy
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