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She Woke Up
From Bike Crash
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Oct 21, 2018 3:00 PM CDT
She Woke Up From Bike Crash and Couldn't Speak English
British woman reverts to the German she grew up with
- Britain's Hannah Jenkins got knocked unconscious when she collided with another bicyclist, and when she woke up in the hospital, she couldn't figure out why the doctors and nurses weren't speaking English. Except, as the BBC explains, they were. Jenkins, however, couldn't understand a thing: The...
Apr 21, 2018 1:40 PM CDT
Mom: Preschool Language Ban Is 'Ridiculous'
Christine Hartwell is pulling out her little girl
- A Massachusetts mom isn't too thrilled with the word-ban imposed by her daughter's preschool, the AP reports. Christine Hartwell says her 4-year-old daughter Julia came home unhappy from the Pentucket Workshop Preschool in Georgetown because her teacher said the term "best buddy" was forbidden. "I think...
Word Invented by
Now in Dictionary
Mar 6, 2018 7:03 AM CST
Word Invented by
Now in Dictionary
D'oh, it's 'embiggen'
- Merriam-Webster's dictionary just got heavier, with 850 new words added to its pages for 2018. "Self-care," "life hack," "dark chocolate," and "tzatziki" finally got the nod, in addition to "glamping" (glamorous camping with plumbing), "mansplain," "hmm," "...
French Purists Don't Want
Citizens To Say 'Smartphone'
Jan 21, 2018 2:40 PM CST
French Purists Don't Want Citizens To Say 'Smartphone'
They prefer 'mobile multifonction'
- A society of high-minded French purists have deemed another English-derived word unfit for their language. According to
, Commission d'enrichissement de la langue française has zeroed in on the use of "smartphone." Known in English as the Enrichment Commission for the French Language, the group...
Not Say 'Hi'
Dec 6, 2017 9:15 AM CST
'Absurd' Motion Asks Quebec Shopkeepers to Not Say 'Hi'
Resolution requesting use of 'bonjour' instead of English greeting passed 111-0
- Quebec is all about preserving its French heritage. Unlike other provinces of Canada—which recognizes English and French as its official languages—Quebec has a watchdog agency dedicated to that goal, as well as strict laws making French the sole language of government, commerce, the judiciary, and the dominant language...
How Your Speech
Could Offer Hint
of Mental Decline
Jul 17, 2017 9:30 AM CDT
How Your Speech Could Offer Hint of Mental Decline
Verbal issues could be a clue to deteriorating cognitive state
- Your speech may, um, help reveal if you're uh ... developing thinking problems. More pauses, filler words, and other verbal changes may be an early sign of mental decline, which can lead to Alzheimer's disease, a study suggests. Per the AP , researchers had 400 people without cognitive problems and...
Boasts a New
Jun 27, 2017 12:47 PM CDT
Oxford Dictionary Boasts a New Final Word
'Zyzzyva' has been added, as have 'post-truth,' 'unclick,' and a word describing sperm
- And you thought "covfefe" was hard to pronounce. The Oxford English Dictionary has added more than 1,200 new "words, phrases, and senses" to its tome, per a blog post , and among them is an entry that nabs the spot as the last word in the book. "...
Icelandic Language's Problem:
Computers Don't Get It
Apr 23, 2017 4:58 PM CDT
Icelandic Language's Problem: Computers Don't Get It
Language spoken by fewer than 400K has the deck somewhat stacked against it
- When an Icelander arrives at an office building and sees "Solarfri" posted, they need no further explanation for the empty premises: The word means "when staff get an unexpected afternoon off to enjoy good weather." But the revered Icelandic language, seen by many as a source of...
App Helps You
Get Smarter During
Your Wasted Time
Apr 19, 2017 10:03 AM CDT
App Helps You Get Smarter During Your Wasted Time
MIT software teaches vocabulary during each day's idle moments
- How much "wait-learning" have you done lately? That's the term MIT scientists have for picking up knowledge while lingering in an elevator, waiting for a reply to your text, or doing other things that would normally have you simply staring off into space—and now they've got...
She Coined 'On Fleek,'
Wants You to Pay Her for It
Feb 21, 2017 8:19 PM CST
She Coined 'On Fleek,' Wants You to Pay Her for It
Internet hit Peaches Monroee is crowdfunding for planned cosmetics line
- If you've ever used the term "on fleek," Kayla Lewis is hoping you'll see fit to pay her for it. Lewis, better known by her Vine moniker Peaches Monroee, was a teen who broke onto the internet scene in 2014 after supposedly being the first person...
How Scientists Are
Cracking One of the
World's Oldest Codes
Jan 26, 2017 5:36 PM CST
How Scientists Are Cracking One of the World's Oldest Codes
Cognitive science and complex statistical processes are both playing into it: the Verge
- Since the late 1800s, scientists have been stumped over small pieces of stone found buried in India and Pakistan, each carved with a line of symbols over a depiction of an animal—all evidence of the since-IDed Indus Valley Civilization, said to be the oldest Indian civilization known to exist....
Jan 19, 2017 9:02 AM CST
Canadian PM Rapped for Speaking French
He should've responded to questions in English, critics say
- How do you say "he stepped in it" in French? Though he leads an officially bilingual country, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was rapped for slipping into the language of Moliere instead of sticking to Shakespeare. No fewer than three official complaints were lodged with Canada's Commissioner of...
More Than Men
in case you missed it
Nov 12, 2016 10:35 AM CST
Women Swear More Than Men —and That's F---ing Great
It's a sign of equality, say researchers
- Men will now have the perfect response the next time someone tells them to watch their language around ladies. A new study finds women—British women, at least—are more likely to utter the F-bomb than men. Surprised? Researchers aren't. As part of a larger study of the English...
Enjoy Your 'Th' Sounds Now,
They'll Be Gone by 2066
Sep 29, 2016 5:55 PM CDT
Enjoy Your 'Th' Sounds Now, They'll Be Gone by 2066
According to a new report from British linguistic experts
- The Queen's English as spoken in the UK is under attack by immigrants, computers, American television, and youths. Or should we say yoofs? In a report published Thursday, linguistic experts at the University of York predict major changes in Brits' pronunciation of the English language by 2066, the
Our Languages May Have More
in Common Than We Thought
Sep 13, 2016 8:01 PM CDT
Our Languages May Have More in Common Than We Thought
New findings challenge long-held theories about languages forming independently
- About 100 years ago, one of the founders of modern linguistics, Ferdinand de Saussure, wrote that the relationship between the sounds we make and the concepts they signify are arbitrary. Many have long agreed. But now the inherent randomness of human language is being challenged by a large new study...
Doling Out Fake Praise?
Your Dog Knows
Aug 30, 2016 12:07 PM CDT
Doling Out Fake Praise? Your Dog Knows
They consider words, tone when processing language: study
- Score one for the "dogs are better than cats" camp: New research suggests dogs truly understand their owners—not just the words they speak, but also their tone of speaking. Researchers at Hungary's Eotvos Lorand University measured the brain activity of 13 pet dogs as a trainer repeated...
You Don't Know as Many
Words as You Think You Do
Aug 20, 2016 2:40 PM CDT
You Don't Know as Many Words as You Think You Do
Maybe about 42K if you're a 20-year-old, slightly more if you're older—but definitely not 200K
- You don't have to be a lexicographer to have a pretty ample lexicon—but your word knowledge still may not be as ample as you think. At least, that's according to a Ghent University study published in the
Frontiers in Psychology
, said to be the largest ever of...
Sound the Same
May 27, 2016 6:35 PM CDT
Our Presidential Candidates All Sound the Same
New research shows they're saying different things in basically the same way
- Think there aren't a lot of similarities between a Trump speech and a Clinton speech? Think again. Rosario Signorello, who's spent two years studying what makes for charismatic speech, analyzed 36 speeches from Trump, Clinton, Sanders, and Fiorina, according to a press release . He found that politicians sound...
This Stone May Be
Key to Mysterious
Mar 31, 2016 6:34 PM CDT
This Stone May Be Key to Mysterious Yet Influential Ancient Culture
Little survives of the Etruscans, who helped shape ancient Rome and Greece
- The Etruscans, a massively influential culture admired by both ancient Greeks and Romans, are largely a mystery to us today because much of their writing has perished, Ars Technica reports. That may change with a 500-pound slab of sandstone containing 70 letters and punctuation marks from the Etruscan language discovered...
Regardless of Language,
We All Understand This Face
Mar 28, 2016 3:52 PM CDT
Regardless of Language, We All Understand This Face
The 'not face' is universal sign of disapproval: scientists
- You've seen it when someone disagrees with you: a furrowed brow, tight lips, and raised chin. It's a face that means, basically, no—and it's actually universal. The same team of researchers that identified these 21 facial expressions say the "not face" is used so instinctively...
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