A museum dedicated entirely to words and language to open in Washington D.C.

Great news for the lovers of words and the sounds of language. Planet Word, a museum dedicated to languages and words in Washington D.C. has announced that it will open May 31, 2020. The museum will feature 11 immersive galleries that will showcase and explore language in interesting and entertaining ways.

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Apostrophe society shuts down because ‘ignorance and laziness have won’

A society dedicated to preserving the correct use of the apostrophe, which ran for almost two decades, has shut down because “ignorance has won”. 

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Ancient switch to soft food gave us an overbite—and the ability to pronounce ‘f’s and ‘v’s

If it weren’t for farmers and soft food, we wouldn’t be able to utter the f-word, or any word that has the sound “f” or “v” for that matter. A new study revealed that the switch to processed food after the spread of agriculture gave humans an overbite and eventually two labiodental sounds that exist in more than half of the world languages.

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Pope Francis loves nouns but is ‘allergic’ to adjectives.

In a speech to Vatican communications team on Monday, Pope Francis gives his view on language use. He particularly goes berserk on adjectives, saying: “I am allergic to those words.” The Pope wants us to give up using adjectives altogether and use nouns instead.

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We store 1.5 megabytes of information to master our native language, study finds.

Learning a language is a remarkable feat. The amount of cognitive effort it takes for a newborn to learn a language is tremendous. We often don’t realize this because children do it seemingly effortlessly and rapidly. But it’s not what it looks like. New research shows that language acquisition requires an enormous amount of cognitive function rather than just something encoded in our genes, as previously thought.

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