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Scandal, Censorship, Science: How Darwin Shaped Our Understanding of Why Language Exists

<i>“Words belong to each other,”</i> Virginia Woolf memorably proclaimed in the only surviving recording of her voice. But even in this beautifully aphoristic observation lies an unsolvable chicken-or-egg mystery: Where did words come from in the first place?<p><b>Charles Darwin</b> — man of routine, graphic novel …

Do High Altitudes Shape Languages?

A new study claims that mountains may have influenced a special class of sounds occurring in almost all of the languages of the Caucasus.<p>In the 10th century, an Arab geographer described the Caucasus region as a "mountain of tongues." The nickname has stuck to this day, likely because of how well …

From 'A' to 'ampersand', English is a wonderfully curious language

This A to Z of word origins, adapted from Haggard Hawks and Paltry Poltroons by Paul Anthony Jones, collects together 26 unusual etymologies – beginning with the last letter of the alphabet.<p>ampersand<p>Until as recently as the early 1900s, "&" was considered a letter of the alphabet and listed after Z …

8 pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today

Someone I know tells a story about a very senior academic giving a speech. Students shouldn't worry too much, she says, if their plans "go oar-y" after graduation. Confused glances are exchanged across the hall. Slowly the penny drops: the professor has been pronouncing "awry" wrong all through her …

What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …