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Sunlight Casts Shadows of Phrases Exploring Theories of Time in a Street Art Installation by DAKU

Pseudonymous Indian street artist DAKU recently installed an immersive text-based work in Panjim, Goa. Placed along 31st January Road, a fishnet structure suspends letters above pedestrians. The region’s abundant sunlight pours through to cast shadows on the street, spelling out tropes about … Continue reading

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The benefits of a bilingual brain – Mia Nacamulli

It’s obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling or watching movies without subtitles. But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain? Mia Nacamulli details the three types of … Continue reading

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Paraguayans: The World’s Weirdest Latinos

What exactly makes Paraguay different? And why are they known throughout Latin America and some places beyond that as the weirdest Latinos? Today let’s look at the history of one of the smallest, but certainly not weakest, Hispanic countries; a … Continue reading

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The hierarchy of disagreement: The best and worst argument techniques – Big Think

A classic essay defines different ways to disagree, from the worst to the best, with lessons that ring true in our divisive times. Source: The hierarchy of disagreement: The best and worst argument techniques

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15,000-Year-Old Words We Still Use

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An unexpected welcome — Happiness is …

Spotted on a walk past the Manchester Museum, this neon sign is a piece of artwork by Waqas Khan that means “welcome.” via An unexpected welcome — Happiness is …

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4 reasons to learn a new language

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The Korean Englishmen Explain Why English Is Such a Quirky, Confusing Language to Learn – Laughing Squid

Josh and Ollie, known collectively known as Jolly as well as the ‘Korean Englishmen’, hilariously examined the English language and many of its quirks. Citing the number of homonyms (tear), homophones (tier), homographs (tear vs. tear) unusual letter combinations (enough) … Continue reading

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Luck Plays a Role in How Language Evolves, Penn Team Finds – ScienceBlog.com

Read a few lines of Chaucer or Shakespeare and you’ll get a sense of how the English language has changed during the past millennium. Linguists … Read more Source: Luck Plays a Role in How Language Evolves, Penn Team Finds … Continue reading

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The Grammarphobia Blog: Snob appeal

Q: What is the origin of the word “snob”? Is it an acronym like “posh”? A: No, “snob” isn’t an acronym, and “posh” isn’t either. We wrote a post about “posh” in 2011. The origin of the adjective is… Source: … Continue reading

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