You can think a religious belief is wrong without being intolerant. It’s time to start recognizing the difference.
Geoff Pullum thinks the appallingly dumb behavior of the machines that currently talk to us does not bode well for the future of intelligent devices.
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Human interaction and sustained introspection? There are no apps for those.
Why not just say decrease? Lucy Ferriss, answering a discomfited reader, explains why a plethora of synonyms makes English so rich.
Allan Metcalf pontificates about papa and pope and, of course, pontificate.
Anne Curzan contemplates the fate of a usage rule that even passionate language enthusiasts generally don't seem to know anymore.
Intellectual freedom is what enlightens the world. Now students’ demands to stifle that freedom put higher education’s mission at risk.
The decision whether or not to warn them about powerful material belongs in the classroom, with the instructor.
In a world of perpetual material insecurity, the humanities really are a luxury.
What would it take to bring civility to the web?
Primo Levi’s voice of compassionate reason is an antitoxin to our age of bluster and bilge.
How has the “war on terror” affected the millennial mind-set?
History and historians are taken for granted. But if they have no future, you have no past.
Descriptions of the latest scholarly books, divided by category.
Ilan Stavans is a champion of, and has benefited from, efforts to promote diversity. But he has a problem with the word.
Professors may think they’re protected by academic freedom, but even the tenured should use social media with extreme caution.
Ben Yagoda grew up in New York and never knew from punkin. How would you say the name of a large orange fruit plentiful at this time of year?
Hard decisions are getting even harder for boards to make, thanks to interference from donors, alumni, and local politicians.
Are you faculty or a faculty member? Bill Germano looks for the individual in our campus collective nouns.
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