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Same words, many languages

We discovered Azhagi by accident. The secretary of our residents' welfare association needed to translate complaints he routinely fired at officialdom. When the volunteer-translator took a break, he wondered if there was a failsafe solution. I suggested ... read more

Pronunciation is key to mastering the language of the colonialist

Among the chief problems posed by the language that England has imposed on much of the human world is that spelling makes it extremely difficult for many ... the words discretely and discreetly exist separately, they do not mean the same thing, even ... read more

Study: Why Words With Many Meanings Make Language More Efficient

Ever wonder why we have so many words with multiple meanings ... That makes our language efficient, rather than tedious and incomprehensible. “When you’re talking to somebody, and you are in the same situation, looking at the same thing or talking ... read more

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The Many Origins of the English Language

Even the Anglo-Saxons borrowed from Latin (e.g. fork, street, wine), and ever since the Norman Conquest English has been borrowing hugely from French and Latin—quite often taking the same word partly from each of these languages, especially in the ... read more

Why the German language has so many great words

They and their English equivalents share the same essential structure: two nouns are combined into a single concept. The second of the two words, called the “primary word,” establishes the general category, while the first, the “determiner ... read more

Almost every language has a word for 'Christmas.' Few reference Christ.

How do you keep the Christ in Christmas if your language doesn't ... stocking is stuffed with words that mean quite a few unrelated things. And many of them have nothing to do with Christ. Christmas lands right at the same time as winter solstice festivals ... read more

Aging And The Evolution Of Language

But he said what many other people in his age group are feeling — that the written word of today is ... “cottage” in one area, the same building would be called a “villa” in another. These subtle differences in language can make or break a ... read more

Koko, Beloved Gorilla Who Used Sign Language, Dies At 46

Koko, a western lowland gorilla who endeared hundreds by learning sign language ... The song was released around the same time President Donald Trump, a vehement climate change denier along with many others in his administration, took office. read more

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