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When I speak English I’m articulate, mature, and precise. When I speak in Hungarian I’m childlike, quiet, and overly polite. And when I speak in Spanish I’m loud, assertive, and even flirty. Inside, I feel like three completely different women split into different languages while occupying the same host. “Learn a new language and get […]more
Like the combining forms –phobia and –cracy, which we have discussed previously, –mania forms part of numerous English words. While it is commonly used in psychology to describe a type of mental illness, mania can also mean ‘an obsessive enthusiasm for a particular thing’ in a broader, everyday sense. But have a look at our […]more
It is difficult to realize, from a distance of nearly a century, quite the impact that Sigmund Freud and his theories had upon polite society of the 1920s and ‘30s. The novelist D.H. Lawrence wrote that ‘the Oedipus complex was a household word, the incest motive a commonplace of tea-time chat’, and popular guides to […]more