Neatorama Posts Tagged "linguistics"
The Long Linguistic Journey to ‘Dagnabbit’...

"Dagnabbit" is a hilarious word that you probably...  ...meaning,” says Andrew Byrd, a professor of linguistics at the University of Kentucky who specializes in...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/03/15/The-Long-Linguistic-Journey-to-Dagnabbit/
The Story of Cool...

Slang terms come and go, and if you keep using them, they will reveal your age. Things that are good can be the bee's knees, groovy, rad, or awesome, depending on the decade you're in. But good things can be cool, too, n...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/03/03/The-Story-of-Cool/
What Causes a Foreign Accent?...

Languages are different, and use sounds that are different from each other. But people who learn a new language often retain an accent from their original language. How does that happen? Folks tend to retain bits and pie...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/01/13/What-Causes-a-Foreign-Accent/
The Language Detectives...

On a Dallas-bound flight in1979, Roger Shuy, a pro...  ...s-bound flight in1979, Roger Shuy, a professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, struck up a conversatio...  ...But it wasn’t until the 1980s that forensic linguistics came into its own as a profession. Before that, l...  ...nguage- but in th...

https://www.neatorama.com/2017/10/12/The-Language-Detectives/
Why Do Canadians Say 'Eh'?...

The Canadian linguistic quirk of putting "eh" at the end of a sentence is an example of a tag, which is a word or phrase appended to a sentence. In Mandarin, any statement appended with "ma" turns that statement into a q...

https://www.neatorama.com/2017/01/10/Why-Do-Canadians-Say-Eh/
The Most and Least Metal Words...

(Photo: Robert Bejil)What gets your heart pumping and your head banging? It's definitely not lyrics that include words such as "committee" and "approximately."Iain, a data scientist, blogs at Degenerate State. He conduct...

https://www.neatorama.com/2016/07/29/The-Most-and-Least-Metal-Words/
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....

https://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...

https://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...

https://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...

https://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/07/How-Societies-Learn-to-Count-to-10/




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