Posts tagged with ‘languages

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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American Teenager Tim Doner Speaks More Than 20 Languages

Why English and American words are spelt differently

Merriam-Webster editor-at-large Peter Sokolowski explains how the American deviation from English spellings came to be.

Testing the myth that Germans can’t say the word “squirrel”

Even though English and German are both in the same language family, English has a lot of words borrowed from other languages… words like “squirrel”, which comes from French. And there’s something weird about the consonant-vowel sound arrangement of “squirrel” that just gets Germans all tongue-tied.

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Watch a clip from the 1995 O. Henry World Pun Championship

John Pollack’s performance at the 18th annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships. Pollack is in polka-dots; the audience in stitches.

Researcher wants Scrabble to change its letter values

Seventy five years ago, the game of Scrabble was invented, and in those 75 years, the letter values haven’t really changed. But is a Q still the same value as a Q seventy five years ago? One researcher thinks not, and would like Scrabble to alter the letter values in the game based on the actually frequency of how they are used.

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Morning music: The Fresh Prince theme song, run through Google translate

In an interesting language experiment, the lyrics to the Fresh Prince theme song are translated through Google Translate into various languages and then back into English.






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