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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...

Why do Americans say ‘bay-zle’ and the English say ‘baa-zle’?

Christine Mallinson, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an...

We’re living in the bizarre world that Flaubert envisioned

Susanna Lee, Georgetown University Are we all trapped in a live-action version of Flaubert’s “Madame Bovary”? The Jan. 3 assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was...

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Here’s how undocumented students are able to enroll at American universities

Tanya Golash-Boza, University of California, Merced and Benigno Merlin, University of California, Merced President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to deport millions of undocumented people, beginning...