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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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Separated by a Common Language: optional commas

I was tweet-talking with Lane Greene this morning about whether Americans’ love for/Britons’ indifference to optional commas can be quantified. And so I did a little experiment. And so I’m going to tell you about it. For this I’m comparing … Continue reading

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Fun Typographic Metaphors Animated on a Vintage Typewriter by Greg Condon | Colossal

One of the first assignments in a beginning typography course is the creation of visual metaphors, where letterforms are somehow modified or manipulated to represent a word. In this ingenious short film by Greg Condon titled “Disillusionment of 10 Point … Continue reading

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