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The cat's out of the bag on the footloose language of the high seas, matey

There is a long history of seafarer slang. Many expressions like "run the gauntlet" have passed into modern English. Scouse, a dialect spoken in the port city of Liverpool, is littered with old British English seafarer terms. But as the shipping industry has become increasingly global—the crew might be from the Philippines, the captain from Greece, the ship chartered in Barbados — what's happening to the lingo of the high seas?

Conflict & Justice

How Norway threw away the term 'lone wolf'

Norwegians watching news out of Charleston, South Carolina are reminded of another mass shooting, in July 2011. An Oslo newspaper columnist recalls that her colleagues were unequivocol about calling Anders Behring Breivik a terrorist, and she thinks American media should not be shy about calling the Charleston church shooting an act of terrorism.

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