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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Anne Curzan looks at words’ effect on feeling pain

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As she read around in the field of narrative medicine, Anne Curzan was intrigued by studies about whether verbal warnings for pain actually make it worse. Read about it in her latest That’s What They Say blog on Michigan Radio.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Anne Curzan surveys candidates for word of the year

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In her latest Michigan Radio blog, Anne Curzan looks at some of the possibilities for word of the year, such as those on the short list from the Oxford Dictionaries: “lumbersexual,” “fleek,” and “refugee.”

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Anne Curzan discusses slang in Michigan Radio blog

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In her latest That’s What They Say blog, Anne Curzan talks to Rina Miller of Michigan Radio about slang—including when words that mean bad things, come to mean good things.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Meaning of “dog days” discussed by Anne Curzan

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A story on the National Geographic website, “Why Do We Call Them the ‘Dog Days’ of Summer?” looks at the origins of the term, thought to be rooted in Greek and Roman literature. But as Anne Curzan notes, “Now people come up with other explanations for why they’re called the ‘dog days’ of summer, [like] this is when dogs can go crazy. This is a very human tendency.”

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