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Noah Webster

Group Identity Resonance and the Birth of a Nation

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I learned something pretty fascinating today that ties together three of my favorite topics: the American Founding Fathers, identity-resonance, and self-delusion. This topic is perhaps better suited for the 4th of July, but since it is 10 degrees outside I am channeling summertime this morning.

“We broke off from England in the 1780s, and Webster was the first guy to say we need to have our own cultural identity. Previous to his Speller, American kids had used British spellers. Webster wanted to get this first generation of American kids to think of themselves as Americans.

a woman covering her ears and screaming

Unfortunate Priming with Only Two Letters

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Is this true? I know I find the use of “so” irritating, but I never really thought about why. This interesting article from Fast Company suggests some reasons why.

It’s actually a damaging tendency. Beginning your sentence with “so” orients your message and subconsciously alerts your audience that what you’re about to say is different than what you’ve been talking about up until this point…