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Establishing Ties and Taming Peace

By Kimberly Burnham In Rhodian, a language spoken on Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese islands of Greece the word “ktílos” or “κτίλος” means peaceful, tame, docile, gentle and domesticated as if those who are peaceful must also be docile. In English, the words “tame” and “peaceful” seem pretty different but in …

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Words matter

Why is it so easy to be negative? Why do we say hurtful things so often? We know, from firsthand experience, that sticks and stones may break our bones, but words do, in fact, also break us, and yet we say them anyhow.

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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.

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