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  • n. Plural form of ism.


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  • I see the point of changing the verb structures to the American form and for using - ize instead of - ise, but I agree taking away all of the colorful English-isms is too much.

    I say pyjama…

  • Seeing this material and the many "Bush-isms" is pretty much the writing on the wall for how this will pan out.

    First Look: Oliver Stone's W Teaser Poster «

  • Basically I added that language defending and/or enabling - isms is also prohibited, and I added the following semi-rule:

    blogging update « Love | Peace | Ohana

  • Racism, like all the - isms, is deeply human if inhumane.

    mjh's blog — 2006 — August

  • Henry, and other books written about this time contain Americanisms (e.g. “highball” for “whisky and soda”) which an Englishman would not normally use in propria persona.

    In Defence of P. G. Wodehouse

  • Henry, and other books written about this time contain Americanisms (e.g. “highball” for “whisky and soda”) which an

    Collected Essays

  • We progressives jump up and down about these and other "isms" -- sexism, heterosexism and so on -- reflecting a sometimes poorly-articulated reaction to the notion, not just of differing innate qualities and capacities, but of differing innate worth -- the latter being a moral, and hence political, judgement.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • I go to The White Privilege Conference because I love to be with lots of people who are doing similar work - social justice programs and projects that have the purpose of waking up to the reality of and healing from the "isms" - mainly racism.

    Abby L. Ferber: White People Confronting Racism

  • So while racism is an ingredient, the underlying emotion -- as with all "isms" -- is fear.

    Karen Finney: Do You Agree with President Carter's Comments?

  • Newly elected Arkansas House Representative Richard Carroll has wasted no time digging into the archaine "isms" - of Arkansas 'state politics.

    Arkansas Rep Carroll Attempts to Separate Church and State


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