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Evolution of the English language

In Language on January 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Ever wondered how the English language evolved? Here’s a handy GIF.

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Mark Twain vs. Today’s Rappers

In Books on January 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Mark Twain vs. Today's Rappers

Just thought today’s Mike Luckovich editorial cartoon was hilarious.

This is in light of a NewSouth Books’ latest release of a version of Huckleberry Finn that substitutes the word “slave” for the n-word. Mark Twain famously used this word 219 times in this book. The new version is being edited by Alan Gribben, an English and Philosophy professor at Auburn University.

In light of all the criticisms this book is facing, I want to ask you all right now: How many of you have actually READ the book? I know for one I haven’t. It just seems hypocritical for media to be reprimanding Gribben for his actions, when his true intent is to expand the book’s leadership. When we haven’t even read the book, why are we so indignant about deleting the n-word from a “classic”, and so stubborn about deleting the n-word from today’s rap lyrics? Read the rest of this entry »