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Divorce and children re-examined

Children of divorce aren't necessarily less trusting in later life than other children, according to a study by Pennsylvania State University sociologist Valarie King.

"As long as children of divorce have close relationships with Mom and Dad _ despite divorce _ they probably won't grow up with a built-in resistance to intimacy, distrusting parents, girl- or boyfriends, spouses, friends and various associates," she says.

The date will live in infamy

In American Heritage magazine's annual "Overrated & Underrated" issue, author Beth Bailey says the most overrated dating trend is dating itself.

Bailey, author of Sex in the Heartland, says, "The term "date' was originally borrowed from prostitution. Dating, which became widespread in America during the 1920s, inserted courtship into a money economy."

Cyber-speak

The high-tech world has given birth to many new words and phrases, the Challenger, Gray & Christmas outplacement firm says. Among them: 99ers (speculators hoping to hit the motherlode via Internet initial public stock offerings) and cyberslacking (time spent at work surfing the Net or playing computer solitaire).

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