Lael Ewy

Language commentator

Lael Ewy is a co-founder and editor of EastWesterly Review, a journal of literary satire at www.postmodernvillage.com and a writer whose work has appeared in such venues as Denver Quarterly, New Orleans Review, and has been anthologized in Troubles Swapped for Something Fresh.

He provided commentary for the Wichita City Paper and journalism for Naked City.

He holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a Bachelor of General Studies from Wichita State. Lael supports his writing and reading habits as a lecturer in English at WSU and as a peer educator at WSU's Center for Community Support and Research.

He runs an unaccredited Volvo hospice and is the current caretaker of a family heirloom, a 1965 Ford Mustang.

For fun he wrestles philosophy and literary theory.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

OnWords: Too Much Drama

Pietro Longhi, 'Fainting'
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The word “drama” has recently gained a new definition.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Twerk: A Celebration

It's hard to find a family-friendly photo to represent "twerk." Lego, maybe?
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As 2013 fades into memory, along with it will probably fade the word “twerk.”

Why bring it up now, you ask, just when we thought we could free ourselves from the image of Miley Cyrus gyrating as if stricken by some heretofore unknown neurological condition?

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

OnWords: Because Science!

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Those of us tuned in to social media have probably run across someone using a term like “because science” to explain something factual or amazing or both.

But “science” is often used when we really mean “technology.”

To see the difference, look at your cell phone. It’s a neat little bit of technology, but how often do we think about the science behind it? More to the point, how many of us really care?

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

OnWords: "Studies Show" We're Afraid Of Uncertainty

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Journalists and bloggers, teachers and everybody on Facebook love to use the phrase “studies show.”

I love it, too.

“Studies show” tickles the part of us that asserts a superior sort of rationality and an up-to-date command of the facts. It makes us feel smart, particularly when the study we cite is surprising or new, but especially when it reinforces what we already believe.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

OnWords: Freedom!

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The word “freedom” is both dear to the American heart and almost never well defined.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

OnWords: Houston, We Have A Problem

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I have learned to avoid the word “problem.”

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

OnWords: A Job Of Work

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It might be helpful to view the word “work” in comparison to the word “job.” The archaic phrase “job of work” suggests that we did not always use these words interchangeably.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

OnWords: Analyze This!

Analysis?
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What passes for political analysis these days is often really just opinion.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

OnWords: Isn't It Ironic? (No, It's Probably Not)

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The Alanis Morissette song “Ironic” has spoiled the word “irony” for a whole generation. Rather than the mere misfortunes her song depicts, irony is a very powerful device, one with a rich history in literature and entertainment.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

OnWords: What's Wrong With A Little Professionalism?

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The word “professionalism” is used in a few distinct ways that are notable in their opposition.

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