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The Word the Internet Didn't Know

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Ever heard of the word in this image? Probably not, because, until this month, that word didn’t exist on the Internet.
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Not sure that I'll ever use this word, but I love the artistry behind this story. Way to go Julia Weist. I shall splice your creativity into my day and hope that no carbuncles erupt in a demand for equal attention. 

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An A to Z of Noah Webster's Finest Forgotten Words | Publication Life

An A to Z of Noah Webster's Finest Forgotten Words | Publication Life | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Here are 26 of some of the most curious, most surprising and most obscure words from Webster's Dictionary in one handy A to Z.
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A delightful visit to the language of the early nineteenth century. It is interesting to note that Webster apparently made up some of these words.

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Why Cambodians Never Get 'Depressed'

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In many parts of the world, there's no direct translation for terms like depression or anxiety. Cambodians, for example, say "the water in my heart has fallen." So how does a doctor refill a heart?
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While the maladies are serious no matter where in the world they are found, the language that may be used to describe them is so poetic as to add a new layer of understanding. This is a wonderful reminder that health professionals should not so reify and objectify people as to lose the meaning of their souls.

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Why do pigs oink in English, boo boo in Japanese, and nöff-nöff in Swedish?

Why do pigs oink in English, boo boo in Japanese, and nöff-nöff in Swedish? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It’s not just pigs, the onomatopoeia we apply to most animal sounds varies delightfully across different tongues. What does this reveal about our relationship with language?
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This one is for the language lovers among my friends and followers. I so enjoyed it that I shouted "bravo!" at the end. Now, I hear my stuffed moose calling me. My best capture of his sound. "MMMRhumPh." I think he wants me to go back to sleep, or perhaps it is my wife getting up.

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Words! Bizarre, Obsolete, Odd, Outdated & Weird + Cartoon Fun!

Words! Bizarre, Obsolete, Odd, Outdated & Weird + Cartoon Fun! | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Discover some words that were used generations ago; or,
very seldom used today.
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Having been led to this page by Donald Ford, I had to share it with others. Just too much fun to keep to myself.

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, December 16, 2013 7:07 PM

This is just too cool not to share! Times come and go often leaving behind some of the most nostagic events. Then comes along the totally bizarre, long ago tucked away out of use but not totally forgotten. Read on and enjoy...

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24 Old English Terms You Should Start Using Again

24 Old English Terms You Should Start Using Again | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Wonderful forgotten old english terms which still work for our modern world, how many can you start using today?
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Being snotter than most, shall happily fudgel by sharing this wisdom. If I jargogle you, then tonight when you uhtceare, just have a drink and a state of zwodder will come.

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10 Strangest Languages - ODDEE

10 Strangest Languages - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Next time your children complain about their grammar classes, send them to learn
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A fascinating list of some of the world's most unusual languages. Some disappearing and a couple growing in popularity, but all of them unique. If you love language, as I do, this is a great article to just enjoy.

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The secret philosophy of language: Searching for the origins of human thought

The secret philosophy of language: Searching for the origins of human thought | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Since the time of Socrates and Plato, humans have pondered the origin of our words. Now we're closer to an answer
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As an author, I am constantly faced with language as I know and understand it and my fascination with creating and recreating it. Sometimes, I add words or more typically forms of words that have not previously been used. My editor gnashes his teeth, but if the meaning is clear and the sound right, why not? In the novella which begins "Broody New Englander," I include extraterrestrials whose language does not admit of personal pronouns. That, too, is an experiment in language. How might it change our understanding of the social world if we did not differentiate among me, you, and him? Anyway, this book, "The Domestication of Language", seems worth the reading.

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Chirps, whistles, clicks: Do any animals have a true ‘language’?

Chirps, whistles, clicks: Do any animals have a true ‘language’? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new study on animal calls has found that the patterns from seven different species appear to be more complex than previously thought.
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Ethology has always been one of my favorite topics,, so I found this a fascinating story. If you love animals, I think you'll it more than worth your time.

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What Our Words Tell Us

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Gradual shifts in language use over the centuries reflect tectonic shifts in culture.
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This op-ed challenges us as a society to look at where we have been and where we are going. Who we are is surely reflected in how we speak, the words we choose to use.

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