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Everything You Need to Know About English and Other Languages

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How many languages can a person learn? How do language rules change over time? What are the most confusing English grammar rules? What is the real definition of "irony"? How does a new word get into our dictionaries? What are linguistics? And how does one begin to invent a new language? These are some of the questions tackled in the newest episode of the Mental Floss series Scatterbrained.


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One of the best public TV shows was about the English language. It opened with an Italian airliner landing at the Paris airport and the conversation between the pilot and control tower was in English. If you ever get a chance to watch it---do so.
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