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In mathematics, a singularity is a point at which things stop following the rules. Ray Kurzweil, author and futurist, describes his version of ‘The Singularity’ as the point at which humans transcend our biology, breaking free of the limitations of our physical shells. It’s a significant moment, a tipping point. In parenting, there is also […]more
Swear words occupy a unique role in language: the same word can often be used to express anger, to offend, to emphasize, and even for comedic effect. Although all words have a register dictating how appropriate they are for a given situationmore
Language changes, whether we like it or not, and nothing changes faster than slang. Most of us are all too familiar with that distressing moment when we discover that we’ve changed from despairing of our parents’ inept use of slang, to being lost at sea ourselves. Suddenly everything is ROFL this and YOLO that, and […]more
When the Oxford English Dictionary decided to include the interjections LOL and OMG as new words in 2011, it seemed as though the apocalypse had finally come. From the tone of so many newspaper commentaries and angry blogs reacting to the news, I might have expected to have seen a few senior editors brought up […]more