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What’s in a word? The future history of English

first_img Decoding languages in the lab Related Examples of this are new words like “fleek” (meaning flawless), which was first recorded in 2014, or existing words, like “woke” (enlightened to social justice issues), that are now being used in new ways. While neither of those words made the Word Madness tournament, both have become broadly accepted, known, and used in larger society — sometimes to cringeworthy effect.Many of the words in the tournament are colloquial terms made popular by millennials and Generation Z, partly because to qualify for the tournament they had to be words or usages Donoghue didn’t know, and partly because new words often reflect trends. Verbs such as “catfishing” (posing as another person or running a fake account) and “ghosting” (cutting off all contact, especially electronic) emerged primarily from online dating, while words like “lit” (extremely exciting) came from hip-hop and rap, which, according to the media research company Nielsen, recently surpassed rock as the most popular music genres.More broadly, the project speaks to how new words and terms are created in many sectors of life, not just by younger generations and popular culture. In recent political news cycles, for example, the terms “alt-right” and “fake news” became mainstream, while internet- and smartphone-era terms such as “emailing,” “texting,” “force quit,” and “airplane mode” require no definitions for today’s technologically versed society.“It’s fun to see new words pop up,” said Lacy Dawn McNeill ’21, an Extension School student taking the course.In a class largely about the past, the project is an intriguing way to try to guess where the English language might be heading, McNeill and others said. Beyond that, it’s just plain fun and competitive.“There’s just something comical about seeing a group of very smart linguistics students argue over the definition of something as colloquial as ‘lit,’” said Chiu. “It’s very Harvard.”For McNeill, some of the best words submitted for the tournament are those that deliver certain effects. Words like “oof” (a response to someone’s misfortune, used mainly in texting) and “extra” (a person who’s trying too hard or goes over the top, as in “he’s so extra”) fit the bill. “I can’t really think of another word that accomplishes the same meaning,” she said. Imagine the sounds of March Madness — fans screaming, basketballs bouncing, sneakers squeaking, the endless swoosh of nets — replaced with the vowels and consonants of words you’ve never heard of, and you’ll have a sense of what Word Madness is all about.At Harvard, a history of English course is hosting its own March Madness–style tournament, substituting powerhouse basketball institutions with newly coined words that are making a splash in the English lexicon.As part of Professor Daniel Donoghue’s general education course “The History and Structure of the English Language,” students submitted more than 100 words new to English usage, which were then organized into a championship-style bracket modeled on the NCAA basketball tournament. The bracket includes 64 words — such as “bae” (short for baby), “clapback” (a retort), “salty” (irritated), and “turnt” (overly excited) — that students are now voting on until a champion emerges in early April.“It’s really fun seeing all these ‘new words’ get pitted against each other,” said College senior Rachel Chiu. “It’s funny seeing who comes up with what, what is considered ‘new,’ and seeing what definitions people come up with for words that we use in a very casual setting. It’s like seeing Urban Dictionary come to life.”Donoghue, the John P. Marquand Professor of English, said he got the idea for the tournament from a similar exercise English Professor Andrew Warren did using poems a few years ago. While acknowledging the quirky fun, Donoghue hopes the project shows students how language evolves over time.“Any living language changes,” he said. “One area where we can see obvious change and growth is in the lexicon — new words, new terms being introduced, or old words being put to new uses.” “There’s just something comical about seeing a group of very smart linguistics students argue over the definition of something as colloquial as ‘lit.’ It’s very Harvard.” — Rachel Chiu Harvard instructor introduces seventh-graders to the world of Gullah African Language Program reflects two dozen ways in which a vast, rising continent speaks Bringing a dying language back to life From Swahili to Bemba to Twi New linguistics facility applies scientific tenets to understanding how we communicate Her word, “extra,” is coming off a first-round win over “veganity” (the state of being vegan) and a second-round win against “clapback.” Next, it is squaring off against “trenditarian” (someone whose diet follows current trends). The winner moves on to the Elite Eight round. She hopes “extra” goes through.On the other side of the bracket is “yeet” (submitted twice in the tournament, both as a versatile exclamation used for emphasis, to convey excitement, or as a battle-cry, and, in this case, to mean “to discard an item at a high velocity”). Submitted by Clayton Henry, A.L.M. ’20, it won its opener against “embiggen” (to make bigger) and its second round matchup against the popular “bro-date.” Henry’s word narrowly avoided a potential matchup with one of Felix Bulwa’s favorite words, “dead” (incapacitated due to uncontrollable laughter), which was eliminated in the second round.Bulwa ’22, who enjoys how word meanings shift over time, said students he knows use “dead” and others on the list, such as “shook” (extreme shock or surprise), daily.He’s curious when the new meanings will be added to the dictionary. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

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Sheriff: Hit men hired by accused rapist killed wrong women

first_imgMONTEGUT, La. (AP) — Authorities said a Louisiana man facing rape charges tried to have his accuser killed, but hit men instead ended up killing the sister of the man who hired them, as well as her neighbor. The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office said Monday that neither Hope Nettleton nor Brittany Cormier was the person that two hit men had been hired to kill on Jan. 13. Authorities on Friday arrested Andrew Eskine, Dalvin Wilson and Beaux Cormier on charges of first-degree murder. Prosecutors said the death penalty was “on the table.” It wasn’t known if they had lawyers.last_img read more

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This Week’s Picks! Patti LuPone, Sutton Foster & More

first_imgWatch Pros Tackle Community TheaterBegins June 29 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse TheaterHere’s all you need to know: Patti LuPone. The legend returns to the stage in Douglas Carter Beane’s semi-autobiographical Shows for Days as the force of nature who introduces young Car (Michael Urie) to the wacky world of community theater in 1970s Reading, PA. Need more enticement? Perhaps you should hire a life coach—your priorities might be a smidge askew. Click for tickets! Sing Happy Birthday to Larry KramerJune 29 on HBOIn between its terrific original series and too-frequent airings of Larry Crowne, HBO produces some fantastic documentaries. Tonight features a premiere you must see. The premium cable channel airs Larry Kramer in Love & Anger, an intimate look at the past and present of the author, activist (Kramer founded ACT UP and The Gay Men’s Health Crisis), and writer of The Normal Heart…on the week of his birthday! You might want to have a handkerchief nearby. Celebrate July 4th with SongJuly 4 and 5 at 54 BelowIndependence Day needs some new traditions beyond boisterous (but boring) fireworks and eating grilled meats with people we can’t stand. Thankfully, Broadway can help. For the second consecutive year, an array of talent will assemble at 54 Below to sing selections from 1776. Among those expected to appear: Michael Halling, Adam Shapiro, and Daniel Marcus, who starred in the musical’s Broadway revival. Click for tickets! See Broadway’s Future Talent TodayJune 29 at the Minskoff TheatreWe believe the children are our future. Chita Rivera and Nathan Lane aren’t going to be around forever, you know? That is unless we refine our immortality elixir (it needs more strawberry Yoo-hoo) or holograms become socially acceptable. In the meantime, check out the next generation at the National High School Music Theatre Awards—also known as the Jimmy Awards—which honors the best high school performers in America. The best part? Sutton Foster’s hosting. Click for tickets! See the New Lady of Gentleman’s GuideJune 30 at Walter Kerr TheatreChange is good. It leads to pizzas with hot dog crusts, movies featuring Channing Tatum in a thong, and being entertained for hours on our phone. And change works on the Great White Way, where established shows get fresh blood. Such is the case at A Gentleman’s Guide to Murder, where Broadway veteran Judy Blazer (Titanic, 45 Seconds from Broadway) replaces Carole Shelley as Miss Shingle. Click for tickets! Sutton Foster Star Files View Comments Hey you, standing outside New York City Center sobbing because you don’t have a ticket to see Jake Gyllenhaal and Ellen Greene in Little Shop of Horrors. Unless someone takes pity on you, we’re sorry, but it’s not gonna happen (unless you shell out $475). But don’t worry—there’s tons of other great stuff happening in NYC this week too, from an awards show filled with talented kids to a patriotic Broadway reunion. Time for this week’s picks!last_img read more

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Architecture Firm Featured in Kitchen Book

first_imgKitchens for the Rest of Us is a book as lovingly crafted as the kitchens it showcases. Everyone knows that the kitchen is the hardest working room in the house, and often serves many purposes. So it makes sense to understand not only how to improve its function, but how to make it inviting and beautiful as well. Many remodeling books fix design problems by increasing size. The designers in this book take a less expensive, more elegant approach, focusing on smart use of available space, organizing storage, and small details that make a big impact. Over eighteen kitchens from across the country are featured, each having special challenges that are solved with good design. Before-and-after plans, plus photographs, show both the problem and the solution. Lemos’ “Five Essential Steps” to remodeling is the kind of guide one needs to turn an overwhelming project into manageable size. And his chapters on specific concerns such as lighting, cabinets, and countertops are truly useful. Kitchens for the Rest of Us is about making ‘dream’ kitchens really work; it is a lovely book that will take you “from the kitchen you have to the kitchen you love”.Thunder Mill Design, Inc. was established by Irene Facciolo and her husband, Soren Pfeffer, in 1993. The firm designs and builds homes and additions throughout central Vermont. Further examples of their work may be seen on the web at www.thundermilldesign.com(link is external).last_img read more

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RWE expansions at existing U.K. offshore wind projects could add 3.1GW of capacity

first_imgRWE expansions at existing U.K. offshore wind projects could add 3.1GW of capacity FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Germany utility RWE said on Monday it has secured lease agreements to develop four offshore wind farm extension projects in Britain.RWE Renewables and its project partners signed the agreements with Britain’s Crown Estate to extend existing offshore wind farms Gwynt y Môr, off the Welsh coast, Galloper and Greater Gabbard in the North Sea and Rampion off the Sussex coast in the English Channel.The extension projects have a combined potential installed capacity of around 1.8 gigawatts, with RWE’s share amounting to almost 900 megawatts.In addition, RWE has decided to seek to develop remaining seabed leases at the Rampion site, which would bring its share to 1.3 GW.All projects are in very early stages, and development and consenting permission will now go forward in line with UK government guidelines, the company said. These processes are expected to take three to five years with participation in auctions for a Contract for Difference (CfD) and construction thereafter.The wind farms could become fully operational towards the end of the decade, RWE added.[Nina Chestney]More: RWE signs agreements to extend four UK offshore wind farmslast_img read more

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Peru Faces Fierce Opposition as Coca Eradication Program Intensifies

first_imgBy Dialogo July 01, 2013 LIMA — Peruvian authorities remain confident they’ll meet their goal this year of destroying 22,000 hectares of coca — the raw ingredient used to make cocaine — even in the face of local opposition as eradication brigades intensify operations into new areas. The administration of President Ollanta Humala, who took office in July 2011, eradicated a record-breaking 14,171 hectares of coca last year. His 2013 goal of 22,000 hectares is double the annual average of the six previous years, and the eradication target will increase incrementally to 30,000 hectares by the end of Humala’s term in 2016. Authorities reported that the eradication brigades, known as Corah, eliminated slightly more than 9,500 hectares through mid-June. They also destroyed nearly 250 clandestine laboratories used to produce cocaine or cocaine paste. Authorities seized about 500 tons of chemicals and other inputs used in drug production, a 150 percent increase over the same period last year. “We are convinced that we will meet the goal of 22,000 hectares,” said Carmen Masias, who heads the country’s anti-drug agency, DEVIDA. “We know that with eradication and interdiction we will be able to bring about development.” Peru may reach a turning point in the anti-drug fight, if DEVIDA meets this year’s target, said Ruben Vargas, a Lima analyst who studies drug trafficking and security issues. “Eradication of 22,000 hectares could be a breaking point and reverse the annual increase in crops we have seen. It would send a clear message that there is a political decision to stop the expansion of coca crops,” Vargas said. Corah brigades expect resistance as eradication gets underway While going strong, the government’s eradication plan could run into fierce opposition as Corah brigades expand aggressively from their traditional zone in the Huallaga Valley to more combative coca-growing areas. The eradication brigades have initiated work in an area known as Pichis-Palcazu that straddles the jungle zone of the Huanuco and Pasco regions. Coca had disappeared almost entirely from the area, falling to 211 hectares in 2005, but began increasing rapidly in 2008. Coca crops there reached 3,734 hectares in 2011, according to the most recent report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Flavio Mirella, UNODC’s representative for Peru and Ecuador, told Diálogo that getting a handle on the spread of coca crops there is critical. “We are seeing coca moving from areas where eradication is taking place to zones that coca farmers already know and where they have planted in the past,” Mirella said. Corah brigades eradicated slightly more than 600 hectares in Pichis-Palcazu in the first half of June. They also destroyed 17 laboratories used to transform coca into cocaine paste. In addition, the anti-drug police (known by the Spanish acronym DIRANDRO) have located and destroyed six clandestine airstrips in Pasco’s jungle region this year. The airstrips are used to ferry cocaine from Peru to Bolivia — a new transshipment point for markets in Brazil and Europe. Replanting of coca fields a major obstacle But even before eradication has begun, the zone already has seen a clash between police officers and farmers angered by the Corah brigades’ impending arrival. In addition to expanded coca plantations, Corah must also contend with farmers replanting coca once the eradicators move out. This already is happening in the Monzon Valley, where Corah focused its work in the first half of 2013. It was the first concerted eradication effort in the valley, made possible only since the February 2012 arrest of Shining Path rebel leader Florindo Flores, also known as “Artemio.” Authorities say 806 out of the 9,525 hectares eradicated have since been replanted. The major challenge will come when eradication moves to a valley formed by the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro rivers known as the VRAEM. This zone has been under a state of emergency since June 2003, due to terrorist violence at the hands of Shining Path remnants led by Victor Quispe Palomino and two of his brothers. The VRAEM is home to 19,925 hectares of coca, or 31.9 percent of Peru’s total coca, according to the UNODC. The Shining Path already has made its strategy known. It has blanketed villages with leaflets and painted graffiti with anti-eradication slogans. In a clandestine broadcast that interrupted local radio stations in late May, a Shining Path spokesman urged farmers to defend their coca with weapons. Masias told reporters that besides eradicating 3,000 hectares of coca in the VRAEM this year, the government also plans ramped-up social programs and a major infrastructure campaign that will invest up to $1 billion in the VRAEM in the coming three years. On June 14 — in a sign of things to come — Peru’s Ministry of Economy and Finance earmarked an additional $4 million to contract 846 new schoolteachers, as part of efforts to improve educational levels in the VRAEM. Mario Ríos, a development expert at DEVIDA, said the state strategy is to “implement productive activities and social programs that will protect the social fabric in the VRAEM as the illegal coca economy is replaced.”last_img read more

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Grow through digital marketing – Part two

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr had the opportunity to visit with James Robert Lay recently. He is the CEO at Digital Growth Institute. Below is our Q&A. This is Part Two of a two-part story. Part one can be found here.What are the top three things financial institutions should know when it comes to digital marketing?Number one, the consumer has changed. We are now in a 30-60-90 day buying cycle.Secondly, financial institutions must change. We recognize this can be scary. However, we have two choices as an industry: we can accept to change, or we can do nothing. If we do nothing then in 5-10 years we will be irrelevant.Finally, this stuff takes time. Digital marketing is not a campaign, and it’s not a project. It’s a cultural shift in how you think. You have to execute and optimize. The thought process is to take marketing from being a cost center to a profit center. We have to hold marketing to a higher level. We have to give marketers time to think and not run from campaign to campaign. continue reading »last_img read more

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Board succession planning checkup

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Are you doing board succession planning? In the midst of a pandemic, it may be easy to put some things off, especially when boards and committees aren’t meeting in person. But it is important to plan ahead for director turnover no matter what is going on in the world.Some things in the world might stop because of the pandemic, but here are examples of board turnover issues that have happened at credit unions that I have talked to within the last few months. These are examples of things that can happen to any credit union at any time. That’s why it’s so important to have an up-to-date board succession plan.A credit union recently had to ask one of its board members to resign from the board because of early dementia. Now one of their board members has cancer and will have to leave the board. These were unanticipated departures, both involving individuals under 70 years of age.Two credit unions merged and decided to combine the boards and over time reduce the size of the board. The newly combined board has only one female board member.last_img read more

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NYC Man Charged With Fatal DWI Crash on LIE

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Brooklyn man has been accused of driving drunk in a crash that killed a 21-year-old Ronkonkoma man on the Long Island Expressway over the weekend, Nassau County police said.Raj Jadeja was arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving and driving while intoxicated.Police said the 34-year-old man was driving a BMW eastbound on the LIE when he struck another BMW driven by George Ragotte, who had slowed down to avoid a two-vehicle crash in Plainview at 2:13 a.m. Saturday.The victim was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead four hours later. Jadeja and the drivers in the initial crash were treated for their injuries.Bail for Jadeja was set at $500,000 cash or $275,000 bond. He is due back in court Oct. 5.last_img read more

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Local doula discusses pregnancy concerns during COVID-19 pandemic

first_img(WBNG) — Between risking contacting COVID-19 and not having access to the necessary support during delivery, local women are looking at other options for giving birth. Doulas provide support in a variety of ways to mothers throughout every step of their pregnancy, including helping moms decide where they want to give birth. For more information on resources for home births, visit some of the links below: “I think the fear of the hospital, and that being the driving factor is really worrisome. Most outcomes are great, and normal, and that’s wonderful, obviously it’s unpredictable,” said Sivers. The CDC reports about one percent of all births in the United States happen at home. However, one local doula says she’s noticed an increased interest in home births. For some, the stress of being pregnant during a pandemic may pose health issues for mothers in the long-term. Sivers says she’s an advocate for home births, having had one herself. However, she says deciding where to have a baby is not a decision that should be made lightly. “We’re going to see a huge change somehow, hopefully I would love to see it for the better, in maternal mental health, during the pregnancy and postpartum,” said Sivers. “Every once in awhile, I’ll get an email or a call, or something on social media, asking about resources for home birth midwives. Just the amount since this pandemic is probably more than I’ve gotten in the past three years in business,” said Nicole Sivers, owner of Doulas of Broome County. “Some are very pregnant already, so it’s not something they would’ve thought about before everything that’s going on,” said Sivers. Broome County Maternal Child Health & DevelopmentDoulas of Broome CountyMothers & Babieslast_img read more

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