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5 Power Words to Instantly Get What You Want

5 Power Words to Instantly Get What You Want

Trying to persuade a boss, a client, or even a family member to take your advice? These five words will help you get your way – guaranteed.
Why Do We Remember False Information?

Why Do We Remember False Information?

This phenomenon could explain why myths like “vaccines cause autism” and “fat in food is bad” stick around.
The Great Forgetting

The Great Forgetting

The mechanics of memory remain mysterious – but new infant studies could hold the key.

If You Laugh at These Dark Jokes, You’re Probably a Genius

Laughing doesn't make you a bad person – just a smart one.
Living Language: Let It Go

Living Language: Let It Go

We get very attached to the rules in English. Sometimes they help, sometimes they hinder, and sometimes you just need to take a lead from Elsa and Let It Go, writes Donyale Harrison.

Living Language: Sounds Like

Living Language: Sounds Like

They’re the words that put the whizz bang into our language, writes Donyale Harrison.

Living Language: The Nay Sayers

Living Language: The Nay Sayers

Donyale Harrison makes a combobulated argument in favour of couth, crepant and ept.

Cuss Words for the Classy

Cuss Words for the Classy

Columnist Nury Vittachi prefers his profanities to be articulated in Latin.

Living Language: U.S. and the Rest of Us

Living Language: U.S. and the Rest of Us

It’s the “other” English that both enriches and confuses the language. But Americans aren’t just out to be contrary, writes Donyale Harrison.

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