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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Things of Words and Language

  1. The average person speaks 370 million words in their lifetime.
  2. Two studies suggest that the ability to combine sounds and words to alter meaning may be rooted in a species of monkey.
  3. The F-word is currently not on the list of banned words in the Irish parliament, unlike brat, buffoon, rat and scumbag. It has come under review after a lawmaker swore heavily during a budget debate.
  4. Teachers in England are warning of the damage caused by slang and its "sabotage" of literacy, while social micro-blogging site Twitter is being used by the US Geological Survey to get instant public reaction to earthquakes.
  5. The Na'vi language spoken in James Cameron's new film Avatar took four years to write and develop.

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