May 2, 2012

Word Origins in Famous Texts Revealed

Mark Wilson, Fast Company

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If you speak English, you’re a verbal mutt. At any given time, you’re not just speaking English, but Latin, French (Old French and Anglo-French), Greek, and even Old Norse--all on top of Old English, Middle English and, of course, American English.

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October 18, 2013
What Happens When a Language Has No Numbers?
Mike Vuolo, Slate
The Pirahã are an indigenous people, numbering around 700, living along the banks of the Maici River in the jungle of northwest Brazil. Their language, also called Pirahã, is so unusual in so many ways that it was... more ››
October 16, 2013
Secret Life of Science in World War II
Steve Fuller, NewScientist
THE idea that we can learn from the past and avoid repeating it makes sense only if someone else is around to remember what happened. Historians have been aided in this task by memory traces that increase in quantity and quality... more ››