The difference between 'theatre' and 'theater' doesn't seem like a big deal now, but back in the mid-1800s those could have been fighting words.
Excising Britain from our cultural lexicon was all the rage back then. While Noah Webster was busy American-izing the dictionary, riots were cropping up to get British actors off the stage and the word 'theatre' off the marquee.
"But it never left completely," said the University of Northern Colorado's Head of Theatre Education Mary Schuttler.
Look around and you'll find that both forms of the word are common – and, according to Schuttler, who teaches 'theatre' history – both are correct.
Palmer amaranth, with herbicide-resistant varieties, can grow as tall as an NBA player, and costs farmers thousands of dollars to remove it.
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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s... a superweed?
If you’ve paid any attention to the debate concerning the adoption of genetically-engineered crops, you’ve heard of superweeds. They’re those nasty, hearty weeds that cross-breed with GMO corn to resist herbicide applications. Or, um...they’re new, special weeds, able to outcompete other pesky plants with undetermined magic properties, right? No, they’re the result of an over-reliance on a particular weed management strategy.
If you heard someone was planning to kill a baby, your first reaction might be to call 911. If you heard someone wanted to prevent unwanted pregnancy, you might applaud that work.
Yet both of terms are used by activists to refer to the same act: abortion.
Word choice shapes how we perceive an issue. As Colorado gears up for a debate over another contested ethical issue – proposed legislation granting a terminally ill patient the ability to take life-ending drugs prescribed by his or her doctor – those involved say the words used to describe the act will have an important role in how it is perceived.