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What's In A Word? A 'Dictionary' Of Americanisms

Sky looking a little slatchy to you? Want another helping of slang-jang? The final volume of the Dictionary of American Regional English, a 50-year project to document English across the U.S., is a treasure trove of history and local color.
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Slut: The Other Four Letter S-Word

Rush Limbaugh said a number of things about Sandra Fluke that created such a stir that he ultimately had to apologize. But most of the reactions focused on that one word: slut. Linguist Geoff Nunberg observes that our reaction to the word says quite a lot about the society we live in.
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A Talk To Remind You Of What You Believe In

Good food and company can overcome differences. Commentator Gwen Thompkins remarks on how one chat with someone who holds far different political beliefs can broaden minds and remind you of why you believe what you do.
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The Knives Come Out: Three Books About Betrayal

The Ides of March — that infamous day that saw the death of Julius Caesar — are nearly upon us. And to commemorate it, author Myla Goldberg recommends three tales of back-stabbing. Have a favorite story of disloyalty? Tell us in the comments.
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Actress Sues IMDB, But It's Internet Privacy On Trial

Actress Junie Hoang has sued the Internet Movie Database, which is owned by Amazon, because the site reveals her age. She believes that could cost her work. It's more than a case of Hollywood's age prejudice, starting with where Amazon got her birth date in the first place.
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Week In Politics: On Primaries, Jobs Numbers, Iran

Melissa Block talks to our regular political commentators — E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of the New York Times — about the Republican presidential nominees, February's jobs numbers and the Obama administration's response to Iran.
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A Mom Becomes A Man, And A Family Sticks Together

This spring, Les and Scott GrantSmith will mark their 25th wedding anniversary. The couple raised two daughters along the way. But 15 years ago, they hit a crisis that nearly broke the family apart. They solved it by embracing a unique approach — and each other.
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Is 'Game Change' Fair To Sarah Palin? You Betcha

The HBO made-for-TV movie, which focuses on John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate in the 2008 election, has already been attacked by conservative groups. But TV critic David Bianculli says the movie is fair — and balanced.

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