Posts tagged with ‘languages

Useful Swedish words you should know

What else are you doing today? Why not learn a little Swedish?

83 old slang phrases we should bring back

Come for the genital slang, stay for gems like “hot as a half-fucked fox in a forest fire”.

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TED talk of the day: How languages change and evolve

Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from what was once a much smaller number. How did we end up with so many? And how do we keep track of them all? Alex Gendler explains how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past.

Microsoft launching real time translator for Skype later this year

Announced earlier this week, Microsoft will be launching a real time babel fish-like language translator for Skype later this year. Microsoft has already well integrated Skype into its business and personal suite, making it indispensable for communicating and collaborating. But later this year, it’s going to get even better and more global with the addition of real time language translation. Talk to business partners in China, talk to your old Greek grandmother, talk to friends in Spanish or German, in real time, and hope that the translation comes out good enough that you don’t start some kind of international conflict when you accidentally insult someone’s mother.

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The first recorded instance of the F-word in English, a monk expressing his displeasure with an abbot
Or, creating a to-do list.
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The first recorded instance of the F-word in English, a monk expressing his displeasure with an abbot

Or, creating a to-do list.

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Five examples of how language affects the way you think

While it may seem that language is language, and whatever people name things are just what they are—descriptions. While that’s essentially true, how people in different languages express the world around them affects the way they think. From Zuni speakers being unable to tell the difference between orange and yellow because they only have one word for both to how people in Scandinavia perceive gender, it comes down to how their language is structured.

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Rosetta Stone introduces Learn to Speak Klingon

Available only through ThinkGeek, which totally wouldn’t bullshit you on April 1st, because they just don’t do things like that.

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The words cunty, cuntish, cunted and cunting are now part of the OED. Should make for a fun game of Scrabble

Among nine hundred new entries and subentries to the Oxford English Dictionary are four variations of the word cunt— “cunty”, “cuntish”, “cunted” and “cunting”. So the next time you’re playing Scrabble with the family, throw down the word “cuntish”… it may not be the best letter combination, but it’ll give you a chance to show off your cunning linguistics.

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Today’s linguistics lesson: The animated history of the English language in 10 minutes

And lol, shit’s still evolving, yo.

11 untranslatable words from other cultures
What about a word for having to pull up at a drive-thru because something is going to take a few minutes longer? There needs to be a word for that.
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11 untranslatable words from other cultures

What about a word for having to pull up at a drive-thru because something is going to take a few minutes longer? There needs to be a word for that.

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‘Shitstorm’ officially becomes a word in Germany

The new edition of the official German dictionary Duden contains a whole host of apparently necessary English words, such as ‘Facebook’, ‘Flashmob’ and ‘Shitstorm’.

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