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The quiet way words die and how you can keep ‘transgender’ and ‘diversity’ alive | The Angry Grammarian

Over two and a half years, the Trump administration has worked hard to scrub words related to diversity and inclusion from official government documents.

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Ben Carson didn’t know about REOs, but he’s not alone in acronym confusion | Angry Grammarian

Though most use acronym and initialism interchangeably, they’re often governed by wildly different punctuation rules.

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Phrases like ‘soda tax’ and 'beverage tax’ shape how voters view major Philly issues | The Angry Grammarian

Two of the topics that have solidly dominated the mayoral and City Council races — the soda tax and safe injection sites — have pivoted on differences of language.

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The problematic history of the word ‘thug’: From rioting Pa. coal miners to Tupac to a Philly courtroom | The Angry Grammarian

Thug has a checkered history from its origins as a 19th-century Hindi word for thief to its present-day status as a racist dog-whistle.

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The unspoken Barr memo travesty: Using two spaces after a period | The Angry Grammarian

Two spaces after periods is a relic of the typewriter era — and can pose problems for sight-impaired readers.

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When hate speech tries to hide behind insidiously charming lulz | The Angry Grammarian

The manifesto of last week’s New Zealand mosque terrorist is example of how words can be weaponized.

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When your life depends on commas: How the Bill of Rights talks about guns | The Angry Grammarian

The Bill of Rights’ punctuation doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it should.