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Fox News viewers write about ‘BLM’ the same way CNN viewers...

Mark Kamlet, Carnegie Mellon University; Ashique KhudaBukhsh, Carnegie Mellon University, and Tom Mitchell, Carnegie Mellon University It’s no secret that U.S. politics has become highly...

Why sign language is vital for all deaf babies, regardless of...

Kimberly A. Wolbers, University of Tennessee and Leala Holcomb, University of Tennessee When their newborn failed a hearing test, Quinn and Kai were distraught. Their...

Zounds! What the fork are minced oaths? And why are we...

Kirk Hazen, West Virginia University What in tarnation is “tarnation?” Why do people in old books exclaim “zounds!” in moments of surprise? And what could...

How talking about the coronavirus as an enemy combatant can backfire

Tabitha Moses, Wayne State University Sometimes war involves battling other countries; other times, it’s the metaphorical kind, like our current “war” against the coronavirus. We see...

How did ‘white’ become a metaphor for all things good?

Aradhna Krishna, University of Michigan Shortly after George Floyd’s death, one of my friends texted me that Floyd wasn’t necessarily a bad person, but, pointing...

Why ‘I was just being sarcastic’ can be such a convenient...

Roger J. Kreuz, University of Memphis After President Donald Trump said during his June 20 rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that increased testing was responsible for...

Why do kids call their parents ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’?

Bethany Van Vleet, Arizona State University and Denise Bodman, Arizona State University Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have...

We call workers ‘essential’ – but is that just referring to...

Zachary Jaggers, University of Oregon By this point in the coronavirus pandemic, you’ve probably heard a lot about “essential workers.” They’re the people working in...

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Curious Kids: Why do people look into space with telescopes but...

Silas Laycock, University of Massachusetts Lowell Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert...