Neatorama Posts Tagged "language"
A Crazy English Grammar Rule You Know But Have Never Heard Of...

Things native English speakers know, but don't k...  ...t, because we already know it just from using the language . Sure, we may think it funny how the German language combines words to makes bigger words, but we Amer...  ...ple of how difficult English is compared to other languages...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/09/11/A-Crazy-English-Grammar-Rule-You-Know-But-Have-Never-Heard-Of/
Rhababer-Barbara-Bar...

Most languages combine simple words in one way or another to exp...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/09/04/Rhababer-Barbara-Bar/
27 Ways to Call a Cat...

When an American calls a cat, he usually says &ldq...  ...sounds. While cats have no trouble learning those languages (again, if they consider it worth their time), I&...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/08/07/27-Ways-to-Call-a-Cat/
People Who Speak a Second Language: What Have You Overheard People Saying about You When They Thought You Couldn't Understand?

(Photo: Michel Colin)Redditor Grimdotdotdot asks t...  ...o assumed that they were ignorant of their native languages . Here are some of the best responses.its_meem_not...  ...r next to us and they start chatting in the local language .Buddy: "Whoa - foreigners! How much did you get o...  ...xt stop.What experie...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/05/11/People-Who-Speak-a-Second-Language-What-Have-You-Overheard-People-Saying-about-You-When-They-Thought-You-Couldnt-Understand/
When Did "a Thing" Become a Thing?...

*alarm goes off*Ugh, this again. *remembers brea...  ...The linguists at the University of Pennsylvania's Language Log have been able to trace the expression back t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/04/21/When-Did-a-Thing-Become-a-Thing/
Emoji Are Not Language

(Despic-Emoji t-shirt on sale at the NeatoShop)In...  ...ine of Hippo explained how he as a child acquired language :When they named any thing, and as they spoke turn...  ...plain from the motion of their body, the natural language , as it were, of all nations, expressed by the cou...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/04/09/Emoji-Are-Not-Language/
Horrible Jargon We Got Used To...

We love to complain about language and they way other people mangle it. Like complai...  ....be/8qAA7G3vj4s] (YouTube link)English is a fluid language , and changes all the time. What is incorrect usag...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/04/02/Horrible-Jargon-We-Got-Used-To/
Language of Love

Look! It’s a new love song. Love at first sight, that is, between two people who can’t understand what each other are saying. That’s when it gets weird.[https://youtu.be/MCxDJnHiLqs] (YouTube link)Did I...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/03/18/Language-of-Love/
Great Tits Use Syntax...

(Photo of a pair of great tits by Highway 45)Until...  ...y, it was thought that only humans are capable of language that uses syntax--conveying the meaning of vocali...  ...Thus, compositional syntax is not unique to human language but may have evolved independently in animals as...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/03/15/Great-Tits-Use-Syntax/
The Story of the Umlaut...

The only place most English readers encounter the...  .../youtu.be/FzK6VdK8YRs] (YouTube link)Linguist and language historian Arika Okrent explains the origin of the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/03/08/The-Story-of-the-Umlaut/
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