Language Shapes Thoughts—and Storm Preparations

April 22, 2015 7:36 PM

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Language Shapes Thoughts—and Storm Preparations

Why gendered names of hurricanes may be a bad idea

To state the obvious: What we think influences what we say. Less obvious is the converse: namely, the possibility that the language we speak or our chosen words shape, facilitate or constrain thinking. This question might seem abstract, but it seems to affect—among other things—the public response t...

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