Language manipulated

Common term has come to refer to anyone out of social norm

What does “divisive” actually mean? According to Merriam-Webster, it means “causing a lot of disagreement between people and causing them to separate into different groups.” From Latin “dis-: apart” + “videre: separate,” this term has become increasingly relevant in political discourse, and it seems to be taking on a slightly altered definition. A recent San […]

Nonbinary students exist

Student minority feels voiceless, rejected by language on campus

A lot of people might find this difficult to believe, or uncomfortable to accept, but the reality is that, in fact, a decent number of nonbinary students attend SPU. Being nonbinary on this campus is difficult, invalidating, dangerous, frightening. When we use “binary” pronouns — he/him, she/her, etc. — people continue to project binary gender […]

ð; efficient but impractical

“Th”: a thorne in the side of English?

The most frequently appearing word in the English language is “the.” The word “that” is the eighth most common word. “With” is the 15th. “This” is 21st. “There” is 38th. What do these words have in common? Two things, actually: they all come directly from Old English, and they all contain (in Modern English) the […]

Pronoun switch necessary

Sorry grammar police, singular “they” is here to stay

English pronouns are a mess and they always have been. From the earliest recorded English texts, our pronouns have been remarkable compared to pronouns in other European languages. However, this hasn’t stopped grammarians from trying to fit them awkwardly into a Latin-shaped box. For the past two centuries, style guides have condemned certain “misuses” of […]