Tag Archives: language

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Why the Words for ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ Sound So Similar in So Many Languages

The story of a strange linguistic coincidence

Source: Why the Words for ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ Sound So Similar in So Many Languages

Lessons From the Near-Death of Aramaic

I still want to learn Aramaic.

The language once ruled the Middle East. It will probably be extinct within the next century.

Source: Lessons From the Near-Death of Aramaic

Dear Pedants: Your Fave Grammar Rule is Probably Fake

What constitutes ‘correct’ grammar in English seems to have a cyclical life, aided and abetted by new generations of enthusiastic grammarians.

Source: Dear Pedants: Your Fave Grammar Rule is Probably Fake | JSTOR Daily

American Cursing, Mapped

Americans love to curse, no fucking question. Fuck this, fuck that, bitchass motherfucking cuntsucker jerk titslut, etc., etc. The question is, which of these bad-boy words are favored where? Who says “fuck” the most? Who says “asshole” the least? Is there a “shit” belt? (As it turns out, yes: From New York City down to the Gulf Coast.)

Source: Do You Live in a “Bitch” or a “Fuck” State? American Curses, Mapped

-stan by your land

Mixing up “your” with “you’re” just because they sound similar…

That’s about right.

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