Language

7:07am

Wed August 28, 2013
Arts & Life

'Twerk' Sashays Into Oxford's Online Dictionary, 'Srsly'

Singers Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke during Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Her twerking raised many eyebrows.
Lucas Jackson Reuters/Landov

9:58am

Thu July 18, 2013
The Salt

How To Better Protect Farmworkers From Pesticides: Spanish

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 11:02 am

Farmworkers harvest and package cantaloupes near Firebaugh, Calif.
Gosia Wozniacka AP

Advocates for farmworkers, especially those who grow America's leafy greens and fresh vegetables, are pushing the government to do more to protect those workers from exposure to pesticides.

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3:03pm

Tue July 16, 2013
The Two-Way

LISTEN: 'Light Warlpiri,' The New Language In Australia

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 6:00 pm

A screen image from a video that professor Carmel O'Shannessy has created. In it, a girl tells a story in "Light Warlpiri," the language O'Shannessy reports she discovered in Australia.
Carmel O'Shannessy
  • From 'All Things Considered': Carmel O'Shannessy tells Audie Cornish about the origin of 'Light Warlpiri.'

3:02pm

Wed July 10, 2013
Shots - Health News

Bros Get Wasted; Girls Get Tipsy: Why Boozy Talk Matters

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 8:11 am

Man, you are going to get wasted. The words drinkers choose to describe their behavior may say a lot about the risks they face.
iStockphoto.com

Guys can really get hammered, can't they? I mean, totally trashed. Not me. I may have gotten a little buzzed at that birthday party, but that's it.

The words people use to describe their drinking behavior can say a lot about how they perceive drinking, a perception that may not match reality, researchers say.

And the language may also reveal risks that may not be obvious to the drinkers themselves.

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1:41am

Mon July 8, 2013
Parallels

Call Centers Call On Multilingual Portuguese

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 11:04 am

New employees train for call center work at Teleperformance Portugal, an outsourcing company in Lisbon. The outsourcing industry is adding thousands of jobs while other Portuguese industries shed them.
Jose Faria Courtesy of Teleperformance Portugal

Filipa Neves speaks five languages but still couldn't find steady work in her native Portugal. So she was about to move to Angola, a former Portuguese colony in Africa, where the economy is booming.

But she sent off one last resumé — to a call center. It was sort of a last resort. She'd heard the stereotype.

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