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Banished Words 2024

People have been hacking the English language for years but, at the end of the day, most of the attempts don’t slay. Instead, they are – wait for it – cringe-worthy. Since this is my side hustle, it’s time to obsess about the 2024 banished words. Since 1976, Lake Superior State University (LSSU) has compiled…

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Dunning-Kruger

Debunking the Dunning-Kruger Effect

It might be time to debunk the Dunning-Kruger effect. For those who may not be familiar, in the 1990s Cornell University professors David Dunning and Justin Kruger conducted a now-famous experiment to test whether incompetent people were unaware of their incompetence. In the study, the lowest-scoring participants estimated they did better than 62% of everyone else, while the highest-scoring…

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The Butler Did It

If you’re a fan of whodunnit murder mysteries (and even if you aren’t), you’ve likely heard the phrase: the butler did it. It’s shorthand for a seemingly common plot which goes like this: A group of people are invited to a dinner at a wealthy person’s private estate and the wealthy person is killed while…

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Rota’s 10 Life Lessons

You might not have heard of MIT professor Gian-Carlo Rota but you should know Rota’s 10 Life Lessons. Rota was an internationally respected mathematician and philosopher, and an influential and admired teacher. He was credited with transforming the field of combinatorial logic into one with a wide range industrial applications – from computers to communications…

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