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Science & Technology | Apps I Like

This app could be the key to speaking a second language

uTalk Language Education teaches you how native speakers actually talk, so you're not listening to a robot with strange intonation and inflection.

Business & Finance | Business

The Startup Teaching Languages That Have Almost No Teachers

After failing to find a Buryat instructor, Inky Gibbens launched Tribalingual to offer e-courses in endangered languages spoken only by thousands of people.

Pets & Animals | I Love Dogs

What a Border Collie Taught a Linguist About Language | WIRED

The whistles that a shepherd uses to command her dog sound a whole lot like human language.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Stuff

Hear the Interviews that Helped Build the Dictionary of American Regional English | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

10 Long-Forgotten Expressions To Drop Into Conversation | Mental Floss

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Health & Fitness | News Items

The Language of Gender Violence

The use of terms like "battered woman" and "accuser" have absolved men from taking responsibility for their actions, says educator Jackson Katz.

Pets & Animals | Cat & Dog Resources

Dogs can talk to humans, study suggests

Dogs have a surprising ability to make humans understand what their barks and growls mean, a study has shown.

History | History

Here's How British and American Spelling Parted Ways | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

Miscellaneous | OTHER STUFF

Book Publishers Are Printing More #@$% Than Ever - WSJ

Expletive-laden book titles, some with strategically placed asterisks, are proliferating in cookbooks, memoirs, self-help guides, even coloring books for grown-ups—presenting challenges for bookstores and reviewers.

Miscellaneous | Interesting & Helpful Information

Want Synesthesia? Try Learning a New Language

People who became bilingual later in life are more likely to experience the mysterious blurring of the senses.

Miscellaneous | Interesting & Helpful Information

It’s Actually Pretty Weird That We Think in Words

“When you talk to yourself, you step out of yourself for a moment and get some perspective on what you are doing.”

Advice & Self-Help | Couples and Relationship Support

Learn to Say No by Using 'Don’t' Instead of 'Can’t'

Whatever the temptation is, saying "I don't" can empower you to stay true to your goals.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

Learn a Foreign Language Quickly | The Art of Manliness

Learn how to learn a foreign language quickly and fluently from a man who knows how to speak 12 different languages.

Health & Fitness | Health News

The Human Brain as a Word Cloud, on a Shared Drive

In research reported Wednesday in Nature, neuroscientists at the University of California at Berkeley created a comprehensive atlas of neural patterns sparked by spoken language.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

Wait … is that a rule? Ten everyday grammar mistakes you might be making | Books | The Guardian

Before their workshop at the NGV Art Book Fair in Melbourne, writing studio the Good Copy shares some tips

Books | Books

45 Everyday Phrases Coined By Shakespeare | Anglophenia | BBC America

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Miscellaneous | Potpourri

6 Things We Owe to the Vikings - History Lists

Despite their barbaric reputation, Vikings left a legacy of achievements that forever changed the way we speak, travel, exercise—and even groom ourselves.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

What Does “Oy Vey” Mean? - Questions & Answers

Oy and vey are two very old Jewish interjections which both mean “woe.” Oy is found many times in the Bible (see Numbers 21:29, I Samuel 4:7 and Isaiah 3:11 for a few examples). Vey is newer than oy; it is oy’s Aramaic equivalent..

News | Interesting Links

How language can affect the way we think

A look at the ways that the construction of language can have implications for the way we think, act and parse the world around us.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

Why Does 'Terrible' Mean Bad and 'Terrific' Mean Good? | Mental Floss

Terrible and terrific both come from terror. And they both used to mean terror-inducing. So how did they end up meaning such different things? Here's the story of how terrific and terrible became terrific and terrible.

Psychology | Relationships

Beyond Words: A New Book About What Animals Think and Feel

Award-winning scientist Carl Safina's "Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel" is an excellent summary of recent research on the fascinating animals with whom we share our magnificent planet. I highly recommend "Beyond Words" and I

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

The Anatomy of a Grammar Nerd

Are you an Oxford comma enthusiast? Sure, you know the difference between between there, their, and they're, but would you consider yourself a true grammar nerd? While some people balk at the term, plenty of others embrace it.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

15 Common Expressions Younger Generations Won't Understand | Mental Floss

Here are 15 etymologies to answer the questions of future English speakers. Because the future is already here.

Pets & Animals | Cat & Dog Resources

How To Understand What Your Cat Is Trying To Say

Humans are lucky. We have complex verbal and physical languages that can get across pretty much any message that we feel we need to.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

Are Incomplete Sentences the New Thing Or...? | Mental Floss

How is language evolving on the internet? In this series on internet linguistics, Gretchen McCulloch breaks down the latest innovations in online communication.

Sometimes a sentence doesn't end where you'd expect, but. And yet somehow, you still know what the writer intended, so. This may be something you do all the time, or.

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The food words you are mispronouncing! Including sriracha, pho, tzatziki, and more!

How the hell do you pronounce "tzatziki," anyway?

Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

Top 10 Grammar Myths | Mental Floss

Before you argue with me, read the whole explanation about why each of these is a myth.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

Language is so deeply embedded in almost every aspect of the way we interact with the world. What would our thoughts be like without it?

News | Interesting Stuff

The top 10 words invented by writers | Books | The Guardian

‘Authorisms’ – neologisms coined by authors which have entered the wider language – have been enriching English for centuries. From Shakespeare to Joseph Heller, Paul Dickson selects his favourites

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Is There Such a Thing as Not Having an Accent? | Mental Floss

Even the staunchest dictionary-thumping pronunciation stickler has a regional inflection. Still, accents that are more common can sound neutral. In the U.S., that title belongs to the General American accent, which you probably know from the nightly news. There’s nothing neutral about it: General American resembles the accent spoken in a small swath of the Midwest, stretching from eastern Nebraska through Iowa and parts of western Illinois. It doesn’t sound funny to many of us simply because we’re so exposed to it.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

Why Isn't 'Arkansas' Pronounced Like 'Kansas'? | Mental Floss

Kansas and Arkansas aren’t so far from each other on the map, but their names seem to want nothing to do with each other.

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12 Horrible Gobbledygook Words We Reluctantly Accepted

Years ago these words were considered hideous jargon, but over time we grew to accept them.

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How Many Languages is it Possible to Know?

There are millions of people, even in the mostly monolingual US, who speak more than one language at home. Competence in three languages is not unusual. But what about 10, 20, 30, 100 languages? What's the upper limit on the number of languages a per