Language

READING THE SIGNS

Once he noticed an American Sign Language interpreter parked close to him, Robin Williams, like many other comedians, had a habit of getting crude with them.

QUICK, DON'T THINK ANY WORDS RIGHT NOW

When you are aware of your own consciousness — meaning your own individual scattershot thoughts, like what to make for lunch, whether to cross the street, or when it's time to go hit the pillow — what do you hear?

TO EACH THEIR OWN

Goya. A small word, but one that contains multitudes. It is one of those mythic beasts, the "untranslatables," the foreign words that supposedly lack any equivalent in English. Lists of them spread virally online. But for now, let us examine goya.

K THANX BYE

If someone asks you a question online or over text, do not respond with "OK." or "Yes." You might use "sure" or "yep" without punctuation; you should probably add an exclamation mark. Otherwise you might sound passive aggressive, dismissive, or angry. There's a good reason for this.

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