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An #Orangutan’s Mimicry Offers Clues to #Language’s Origins

Rocky lives in the Indianapolis Zoo and can accurately copy the pitch and tone of human sounds, researchers found.

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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.

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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.