Monthly Archives: March 2016

How Mosques Can–And Do–Prevent Terrorism

The NY Post recently reminded folks of the ways mosques promote positive social behaviors–just like most other religious institutions.

Specifically, Muslims who claim to regularly attend services are more embedded in their civic communities, vote more, are more patriotic, more integrated with American society, and less violent or otherwise antisocial.

Theologically, the messages presented are more normative than those gotten through the internet.  In other words, proper religious education prevents religious extremism.

“Here’s How 8 Different Countries Officially Define What ‘Healthy Eating’ Is”

US                                                                                    South Africa

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UK                                                                                  Qatar

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Brazil                                                                          Canada

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China                                                                                   Japan

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Source: The Huffington Post

 

The Case for Y’all

Y’all, as a one-word abbreviation of “you all,” ought to be accepted into modern English usage.

English is lacking a unique  second-person plural pronoun. In the past, “ye” served this crucial function, but it has since slipped into severe, irrevocable disfavor.

Supposedly, ye began to disappear after the 1600s because it was a formal pronoun, and once class distinctions became unclear, you–which had always been an appropriate catchall–became the simple pronoun for all occasions.

A demand for modern translations of the Bible also has reduced peoples’ exposure to old English words.

What besides “y’all” could round out our language?  “You guys” is offensive in its tackiness, familiarity, and misogyny.

“Yinz,” “you’uns,” “yous” and “youse guys” are each used in pockets of the world, but are inferior options to y’all because of obscurity, gender complications, or both.  The Ohio River Valley area around Pittsburgh is especially rich in use of historical language; it’s where both yinz and you’uns are at home there and there only.

Join me in supporting y’all, by using it whenever possible.  By the theories of the descriptive grammar school, if enough people use it, especially in published writings, we can finally make it formally recognized.

How History Explains Trump’s Appeal

Trump is attracting voters from all sides, and his ideology is to have no ideology.

Timothy P. Carney posted a great piece on the AEI blog about how the last several decades’ emphasis on two extremes may finally be correcting course, as evidenced by Donald Trump’s success; his lack of knowledge and policy makes him an ally to many Americans, who use,” love of country” as the new political spectrum to replace left—right.

Therefore, understanding his strength will be the first step toward diverting his supporters and defeating him.