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March 18, 2019

25 Years of "A Word A Day"

David Randall

A website with a love of words marks its 25 year.

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December 3, 2014

Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: New Children's Book by AQ Editor

NAS

Just in time for the holiday season, Felicia Chernesky, the managing editor of Academic Questions, has released the children's book Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: A Winter Wonderland of Color.

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May 29, 2014

Brevity and Eloquence—Lessons From Calvin

Peter Wood

Calvin Coolidge offers lessons in how to make words count.

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March 19, 2014

Articulating a Social Justice Agenda

Daniel Oliver

Arthur Brooks tries to add a new layer of varnish to efforts to define social justice. 

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February 24, 2014

Academic Justice and Intellectual Thuggery

Peter Wood

Academic freedom once meant protection from politics; now it means protection for politics.

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February 19, 2014

The Unexamined Life of Academic Kindness

Marilee Turscak

A new Tumblr blog called Academic Kindness seeks to highlight instances of generosity, goodwill, and compassion in academia.

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February 18, 2014

Indignation: Abusing the Language of Dignity

Peter Wood

The latest buzzword of the academic left is the nebulous term, "dignity."

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December 19, 2013

Test Your Knowledge: Words I Learned This Semester

Ashley Thorne

Expand your vocabulary with these linguistic terms. 

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December 17, 2013

Test Your Knowledge: Words about Animals

Ashley Thorne

If animals could talk, would they call themselves by such strange names?

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December 11, 2013

Test Your Knowledge: The Stars Are Brightly Shining

Ashley Thorne

What's out there? Test your stellar knowledge with this astronomy-themed quiz.

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