How to tell fact from fiction online – even in wartime

When a country controls media outlets and spreads  disinformation as state policy, as the government of Russia does, what passes as “news” is often distorted. With millions of people sharing information online, often in real time, about Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked war against  Ukraine , it can be hard to tell what is true. That is especially true since the ...
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Dictionaries add words as American English evolves

By Lauren Monsen As American English speakers invent phrases to fit today’s realities, dictionaries follow suit by adding new words to their lists of definitions. Recent entries have been driven by the pandemic and by a growing appreciation of diversity in the U.S. population. The  Merriam-Webster Dictionary  and the website  (which is based on the Random House Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary) ...
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5 ways the U.S. supports literacy around the world

The late Barbara Bush, wife of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush,  once said , “If we don’t give everyone the ability to simply read and write, then we aren’t giving everyone an equal chance to succeed.” The American people, U.S. businesses and organizations share Mrs. Bush’s sentiment and work in myriad ways to help the 750 ...
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