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Why are some Americans changing their names?
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Why are some Americans changing their names?

Written by: Kirsten Fermaglich, Associate Professor, Michigan State University For decades, native-born American Jews changed their names to improve their job prospects. Billion Photos/Shutterstock.comIn 2008, Newsweek published an article on then-presidential candidate Barack Obama titled “From Barry to Barack.” The...

Putting the X in text: warm wishes or a kiss-off?
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Putting the X in text: warm wishes or a kiss-off?

Written by: Andy Miah, Chair in Science Communication & Future Media, University of Salford lanych via ShutterstockDo you sign off texts and emails with an x? Have you ever thought what that x – shorthand for a kiss – means...

How humour can change your relationship
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How humour can change your relationship

Written by: Gil Greengross, Lecturer in Psychology, Aberystwyth University Funny haha. Olena Yakobchuk/ShutterstockA sense of humour is an attractive trait. There is abundant cross cultural evidence that shows that being funny makes you more desirable as a mate, especially if...

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