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Republicans and Democrats in Congress Speak in Completely Different Languages

Three economists parsed 136 years of transcripts of congressional speeches and found a significant rise in polarization of language.

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Another Word for ‘Illegal Alien’ at the Library of Congress: Contentious

A decision by the library to drop the term, at a time when immigration has become a big topic, has ignited an angry response from conservative lawmakers.

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The Oppressive Gospel of ‘Minimalism’

The movement turns possessions into objects of scorn and disgust — and self-denial into a virtue yet again.

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England’s Reflexive Pronoun Epidemic

What is wrong with little old “you” and “me”? They are words too short and plain for the British hospitality industry.

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Why Calls for a ‘National Conversation’ Are Futile

Self-congratulatory discussions inevitably follow moments of discord in the United States. So why aren’t they getting us anywhere?

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Why Calls for a ‘National Conversation’ Are Futile

Self-congratulatory discussions inevitably follow moments of discord in the United States. So why aren’t they getting us anywhere?
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England’s Reflexive Pronoun Epidemic

What is wrong with little old “you” and “me”? They are words too short and plain for the British hospitality industry.
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The Oppressive Gospel of ‘Minimalism’

The movement turns possessions into objects of scorn and disgust — and self-denial into a virtue yet again.
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Another Word for ‘Illegal Alien’ at the Library of Congress: Contentious

A decision by the library to drop the term, at a time when immigration has become a big topic, has ignited an angry response from conservative lawmakers.
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