Neatorama Posts Tagged "linguistics"
How Dunkin' Donuts Changed the Dictionary...

(Photo: QFamily)The origin of the doughnut is shrouded in mystery, but it probably began in mid-Nineteenth Century America when a woman named Elizabeth Gregory made pastries, each of which had a single nut in the center....

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/06/24/How-Dunkin-Donuts-Changed-the-Dictionary/
When Did "a Thing" Become a Thing?...

*alarm goes off*Ugh, this again. *remembers breakfast is a thing*Well, alright then.— Chris Hallbeck (@ChrisHallbeck) April 21, 2016 Lots of things are things now. For example, micro braids for hair are now a thin...

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 Book I of his Confessions, Saint Augustine of Hippo explained how he as a child acquired language:When they named any thing, and as they spoke turned towards it, I saw an...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/04/09/Emoji-Are-Not-Language/
How Societies Learn to Count to 10...

(Photo via War Eagle Reader)The rabbits in the novel Watership Down can count up to four. Any number higher than that is "hrair", which means "more than four" but is often translated as "a thousand."This is not dissimila...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/07/How-Societies-Learn-to-Count-to-10/
Mapping Your Dialect...

Whoa! The New York Times has a 25-question survey that tries to discern where in the U.S. you live (or were raised) by how you pronounce words. They pegged me pretty good, as I live in the triangle plotted by the cities...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/23/Mapping-Your-Dialect/
"Huh?" is a Universal Word that Binds Confused Humans Together...

There are over 7,100 known living languages being spoken in the world, and there's probably one single commonality in all of them: a universal word that binds all humanity and underscores that we are all often in the sta...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/11/10/Huh-is-a-Universal-Word-that-Binds-Confused-Humans-Together/
23 Words That Survived Since the Ice Age...

Map shows the regions with languages descending from the 7 Eurasiatic language families (Image: Pagel et al./PNAS) We're all just part of a big, happy, linguistic family. Evolutionary biologist...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/05/07/23-Words-That-Survived-Since-the-Ice-Age/
5 Science Experiments Gone Wrong...

Every day, scientists are striving to make our lives better and to better understand our lives through a range of experiments on just about every subject. Unfortunately, not all of these projects work out so well. These...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/23/5-science-experiments-gone-wrong/
Origins of 10 Common Nicknames...

It's easy to see how some nicknames came to be. "Alex" for instance is often shortened to "Al." But do you ever wonder how "Richard" becomes "Dick," William becomes "Bill"...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/26/origins-of-10-common-nicknames/
Leveraging Our Core Competencies to Dispose of Corporate Buzzwords We Loathe...

If you're anything like me, there are certain business words or phrases in that will make you scream if you hear them uttered from anyone's lips just one more time.  Buzzword Bingo has swept across Corporate America for...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/15/leveraging-our-core-competencies-to-dispose-of-corporate-buzzwords-we-loathe/
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