Why do girls have creaky voices?

Linguists have noticed a creaky-voiced trend among young women like Zooey Deschanel and Kim Kardashian. Cristen looks into why so-called “vocal fry” has taken hold of female voices.

via Stuff Mom Never Told You.


And Now the Good News №89

Leukaemia drug found to stimulate immunity against many cancer types
From today, the Earth is around 60 million years older - and so is the moon
From contemporary syntax to human language’s deep origins

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Why Is Football Called Soccer?

This video goes over the development and history of football in order to let people have a better understanding of the context for both “football” in general and “soccer.” Let the truth be shared!

via Think Fact.
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83 Old Slang Phrases We Should Bring Back

This week, John looks at slang phrases from the old days and the meanings behind them!

via Mental Floss.
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Your Family Tree Explained

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* Parallel and Cross Cousins Explained

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Is the Internet Destroying the English Language?

I wish there was a better word than ‘netspeak’. I hate saying the word ‘netspeak’.

via Critical Lit.
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The Art of Rhetoric - Simon Lancaster

Most people fear giving speeches, almost as much as the rest of us dread listening to them. The lectern has a cruel capacity to render even the mighty vulnerable. Fortunately there is a science to the art of public speaking and it dates back to Ancient Greece. Simon Lancaster will open up a veritable treasure trove of ancient rhetorical devices and help you discover how to become a master in the language of leadership.

The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/the-art-of-rhetoric

Duration: 01:02:09

via Gresham College.


Grammar’s great divide: The Oxford comma

If you read “Bob, a DJ and a clown” on a guest list, are three people coming to the party, or only one? That depends on whether you’re for or against the Oxford comma — perhaps the most hotly contested punctuation mark of all time. When do we use one? Can it really be optional, or is there a universal rule? TED-Ed explores both sides of this comma conundrum.

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/grammar-s-great-divide-the-oxford-comma-ted-ed

Lesson by TED-Ed, animation by Zedem Media.

via TED Education.


Questions of Doom: The Importance of Writing?

Today, we examine the relationship between writing and civilization.

Welcome to Questions of Doom. In this series, we answer your questions about Archaeology and our shared heritage.

via Archaeos0up.


Could Neanderthals Talk Like Us?

Neanderthals, an ancient cousin-species to humans, lived for a while at the same time as Homo Sapiens. Could this now-extinct species talk just like you and I do? Trace is here to tell you about a tiny bone found in Neanderthals and modern humans might hold the answer.

via DNews Channel.


English Is Crazy!

via asapscience:

Seriously… it’s an insane language. And this is exactly why!

Sources:
Richard Lederer’s “Crazy English”
http://amzn.to/1pB5Rrj
Richard Krogh’s “The English Lesson”
http://www.cupola.com/html/wordplay/english1.htm

Interesting Origins of Words: Bikini, Days of the Week, SOS

Did you know that the word Bikini is associated with the detonation of an atomic bomb? Or did you know that despite the popular belief, SOS does NOT stand for “Save Our Ship”? Or what was the reason behind the names of different days of the week? Click on each image to find out the interesting story behind the origin of that word!

Bikini
Swimsuits used to be designed in a conservative manner, covering a large part of the body. In July 1946, a French designer introduced a bold new design that revealed the woman’s navel for the first time. He chose the name “Bikini” for it, after the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, where United States had performed a nuclear test few days earlier. He hoped that this new swimsuit would have explosive commercial and cultural reaction. Public responded positively to the new name and it became widely accepted.

SOS
Some have associated the distress signal SOS with phrases such as “save our ship”. Interestingly, SOS is not an abbreviation or an acronym and doesn’t stand for anything.
SOS was chosen by the German government in 1905, because it could be translated into a simple Morse code message of three dots, three dashes and three dots.
This simple code remained the maritime radio distress signal until 1999.

Days of the Week are named after gods and goddesses
The Goddess of the Sun is the main reason behind the naming of Sunday.
Monday has its roots in Old English and means the Moon’s day. The moon used to be personified as a god.
Tuesday means the day of Tyr and is named after the God of war and law, Týr .
Wednesday is named after Woden, the God of Fury.
Thursday is named after Thor, the God of Thunder and Strength.
Freya, the Goddess of Love and Beauty is the motivation behind the naming of Friday.
And Finally, Saturday is named after the God of Saturn.

via Fact XTract.

Never Call Someone “Tired and Emotional” In England

There’s a famous British euphemism: “tired and emotional”. Which means drunk. But if you’re being recorded, or writing down your thoughts, you might want to stay away from it - because the British legal system is terrifying.

via Tom Scott.
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15 Food Words That Don’t Refer to Food

A deliciously puntastic (and admittedly ridiculous) cocktail of two of Cristen’s favorite things: etymology and food.

via Stuff Mom Never Told You.