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Oxford says the origins of ‘yikes’ are unknown, but could it be traced back as far as Latin?

A dilapidated one-story building with “yikes” graffittied over a window, behind a chain-link fence.
A dilapidated one-story building with “yikes” graffittied over a window, behind a chain-link fence.
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Shame is probably the biggest obstacle for writers. Here’s how to confront it.

Quirky photo symbolizing writer’s block. Person sitting at typewriter with a bunch of crumpled paper.
Quirky photo symbolizing writer’s block. Person sitting at typewriter with a bunch of crumpled paper.
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Our need to give things simple names leaves out a lot of nuance

Fish illustration by melissa toldy
Fish illustration by melissa toldy
is this a fish?

“When you actually examine the range of life on Earth, it takes a lot of acrobatics to sort it into a single hierarchy with humans at the top.” — Lulu Miller, Why Fish Don’t Exist


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There’s something to be said about saying nothing

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Redundant letters and inconsistent spelling. How does anyone get anything done with this?

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Linguists analyze the lengths we take to avoid seeming rude

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You have nothing to prove. Sometimes, the best thing to do is walk away.

Closeup of a Black woman’s eye, with light shining in a strip where her eyes is. Rest of face obscured by shadow.
Closeup of a Black woman’s eye, with light shining in a strip where her eyes is. Rest of face obscured by shadow.
Photo: Natalie Magee/EyeEm/Getty Images


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A brief investigation into gendered language


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Other languages have polite second-person pronouns. English used to have one, too.

Two people aiming flashlight at each other at night on the street.
Two people aiming flashlight at each other at night on the street.
Photo: Henrik Sorensen/Getty Images


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Words can inspire reflection and growth, instead of prompting attacks

#@?! in block letters against a yellow background.
#@?! in block letters against a yellow background.
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