Category: Language

Kanzi and Panbanisha.

Bonobo apes that have been raised most of their lives in the presence of humans can talk on the phone.

Tags: Animals Ape Communication Language Nuture.

Nix and Hydra.

Twin moons of Pluto formerly known as S/2005 P 1 and S/2005 P 2 are given formal names. (via)

Tags: Astronomy Language Space.

Equine Vocalization Project.

Database that is cataloging horse talk. (via)

Tags: Animals Database Language Project.

Size matters.

Wendy’s to remove the word ‘Biggie‘ from its menu. (via)

Tags: Business Diet Food Health Language Weight loss.

Details, details.

International Astronomical Union to vote this September for a definition of the word planet.

Tags: Definitions Language Space.

Pyow-hack sequence.

Researchers discover that monkeys are able to string their words and sounds together into semantic and meaningful sentences. (via)

Tags: Animals Discovery Language Research.

Human Speechome Project.

Surveillance project that will monitor children at home to understand how we learn to speak. (via)

Tags: Kids Language Learning.

Concept vectors.

Researchers identify how we encode strings of words to give meaning to the abstract concepts of life.

Tags: Brain Language Memory Perception Research.

Buckeye Speech Corpus.

Word respository that documents recorded conversations and labels how people in Central Ohio speak.

Tags: Language Open source Research.

Topological contour configurations.

Alphabets have been shaped by the contours that man sees in nature.

Tags: Culture Design Evolution Language.

Recursive center-embedding.

Researchers discover a species of bird that can learn the syntax patterns of human language.

Tags: Animals Discovery Language Learning.

Predictive Quantities Indicator.

Algorithm predicting that the English language is nearing one million words. (via)

Tags: Language Milestones Numbers Organizations.

Subvocal speech recognition.

Technology that detects electric speech currents sent from the brain and turns these unspoken words into text. (via)

Tags: Future Language Sound Technology.

Say WA.

Slogan created to encourage tourism for Washington state.

Tags: Language Marketing Travel.

Where the bloody hell are you?

Australian ad campaign seeks to attract more tourists by swearing at them. (via)

Tags: Ideas Language Marketing Nationality Propaganda Tours Travel.

Jigga what?

Damon Wayans is trying to trademark the word ‘Nigga’. (via)

Tags: Celebrity Clothing Controversy Language Patent People.

Canine drawl.

Dog growls have dialects that are influenced by regional accent. brrreeeport

Tags: Animals Language Pets.

Paradigm shift.

Bangalore to be renamed Bengaluru. (via)

Tags: Change Language.

Look both ways.

Bilingual road sign tells pedestrians to look left in one language and to look right in the other. (via)

Tags: Language Mistakes Woopsie.

Domo arigato.

Japanese robotic hand translates spoken words into sign language. (via)

Tags: Language Robots.


Saying the name “Fred”, a German name that means peace ruler, has curative powers. (via)

Tags: Happiness Health Language.


Free website for learning the Esperanto language. (via)

Tags: Language Learning Resources Web.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Animated history of the evolution of the modern English alphabet.

Tags: Evolution History Language.

Rewriting history.

Alphabet found carved in stone dating from 10th century B.C.

Tags: Archaeology Discovery History Language Paleontology.

Check yourself.

WiFi does not stand for Wireless Fidelity.

Tags: Language Mistakes.


Massachusetts high school bans the word ‘Freshmen’. (via)

Tags: Culture Education Language.

Sir Henry Neville.

Book claims that Shakespeare‘s plays and verse were written by another person.

Tags: Books Change Culture History Language People Publishing.

In da Bginnin.

The Bible has been translated into the abbreviated text message language of cell phone users.

Tags: Books Culture Language Phone Religion Technology.

The Lord’s name in vain.

Young boy to teacher: Why did Mary and Joseph name their baby after a swear word? (via)

Tags: Humor Kids Language Learning Organizations Religion Resources.

Powers of suggestion.

Oxford University research team has found that labelling an unpleasant smell with a more appealing name can improve its aroma. (via)

Tags: Language Research Smell Study.


Star Wars profanity. (via)

Tags: Blog Culture Language Movies Star Wars Web.

Agree to disagree.

A blog that lets you voice your opinion about the gray areas of the English language. (via)

Tags: Blog Language Web.

F U.

Man mows a 30-foot obscenity into his lawn. (via)

Tags: Discovery Language People Protest.


An alphabetized list of oxymorons. (via)

Tags: Humor Irony Language Web.


A Web site where you get ‘your chance to tell the world about your favorite word. (via)

Tags: Ego Language Web.


Translate Internet slang and IM acronyms into readable text with the Internet Slang Dictionary & Translator. (via)

Tags: Language Resources Web.


Legos.com is a redirect page owned by LEGO that correctly informs you that the brand name LEGO is not plural. (via)

Tags: Language Marketing Mistakes Propaganda Web.

Got a 308 area code?

Beware of the repeat, message-leaving prank caller that no one can understand.

Tags: Language People Phone Prank.

F-ing limit.

School in England allowing students to swear at teachers a maximum of five times per lesson.

Tags: Change Culture Education Language.

Ghetto fries.

What do you call French fries topped with cheddar cheese, giardiniera, gravy, barbecue sauce and raw onions? (via)

Tags: Food Language.

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