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Coffee Talk: The Desensitization of Language

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In April, At Indaba Coffee, Coffee Talk focused on the desensitization of language. Below are related posts.

April_Coffeetalk“Our relationship to language is changing”

In a perfect world, we’d all understand each other. We’d all know exactly the meaning and context of every sentence, and it would always be the same — across cultures, times, languages — fixed on the pursuit of verifiable truth.

“Words can have immense power”

Words have power over us.

“Not enough words for God”

I don’t know if other languages have the same problems describing the almighty, but English simply does not have enough words.

“Why I think before I speak”

What words are off limits in my vocabulary and why?

Tracy Simmons

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons, who teaches journalism at Gonzaga University, is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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