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How ‘gate’ became the syllable of scandal

Roger J. Kreuz, University of Memphis On June 17, 1972, Washington, D.C., police arrested five men for breaking into...

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...

How ‘Karen’ went from a popular baby name to a stand-in...

Robin Queen, University of Michigan When I read about Amy Cooper, the woman in Central Park who called the police on a black birder because...

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...

What makes something ironic?

Roger J. Kreuz, University of Memphis Have you ever found yourself about to say, “that’s ironic,” only to stop yourself – unsure whether you were...

Your political views can predict how you pronounce certain words

Zachary Jaggers, University of Oregon Politics can predict the TV shows we watch, the shops we frequent and the places we live. But what about the...

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Bill de Blasio’s bagel gaffe and the fraught politics of food

Stacy A. Cordery, Iowa State University If New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hadn’t already dropped out of the 2020 presidential race, #bagelgate might...