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Fantastic Features We Don’t Have In The English Language

Fantastic Features We Don’t Have In The English Language

Most monolingual speakers think that other languages are basically just their language with different words in a slightly different order and maybe a different way of writing. Turns out, though, that there are lots of interesting features in other languages, some of which English would really benefit from having. I’m going to talk about four …

American English – The History of English (8/10)

American English – The History of English (8/10)

The History of English in Ten Minutes. Chapter 8: American English, or not English but somewhere in the ballpark. From the moment Brits first landed in America they needed names for all the new plants and animals, so they borrowed words like raccoon, squash and moose from the Native Americans, as well as most of …

Basically I’m Gay

Basically I’m Gay

(sighs) – Hello Internet. (inhales deeply) (dramatic suspenseful music) – Sex! Secrecy! And a whole lot of internal screaming. Starring Daniel Howell. One of the greatest mysteries of our generation. What is Dan’s sexuality? Spoiler alert. I’m not straight. Sex, the foundation of life and the only thing we’re really supposed to do. Everyone’s obsessed …

How Egypt invented the alphabet – History of Writing Systems #7 (Abjad)

How Egypt invented the alphabet – History of Writing Systems #7 (Abjad)

How did Egyptian hieroglyphs give birth to the alphabet? Even in these ancient times, Egyptian monuments have been sitting and weathering for thousands of years. On their great murals and pillars, you find rows of little pictures. Sorry, not pictures. Hieroglyphs. Sacred symbols. But, despite appearances, this isn’t some mysterious Pharaonic picture writing. It’s consonants. …

The true story of ‘true’ – Gina Cooke

The true story of ‘true’ – Gina Cooke

Everyone knows that stories are made up of words, from short poems to epic novels. But did you know that a single word itself can tell an entire story? You see, just as we can look at a story’s plot, setting, and characters, we can also study the history of an individual word, where it …

The Zipf Mystery

The Zipf Mystery

Hey, Vsauce. Michael here. About 6 percent of everything you say and read and write is the “the” – is the most used word in the English language. About one out of every 16 words we encounter on a daily basis is “the.” The top 20 most common English words in order are “the,” “of,” …