Archive for Political Issues

On the pronunciations of “Uvalde”

Interesting NPR article about various ways to pronounce Uvalde, and about language as a “signifier of race” and identity, and about power structures and anglicization, and respecting how people say their own town’s name, and more. Content warning for descriptions of people having been punished for speaking Spanish. Here’s a quote, though there’s lots more […]

Who’s the expected audience for American crossword puzzles?

Interesting article: “For crossword constructors, an inclusivity debate: What’s ‘common knowledge’ and who decides?” In particular, the article talks about the importance of publishing crosswords by constructors who aren’t white men, and the backlash from white male puzzle solvers against using words that are common knowledge to some people (especially Black people) but aren’t part […]