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Answer to How and why did silent letters emerge in English?

<b>Silent letters are the ghosts of pronunciations past.</b><p>The word <i>knight</i> for example, with its silent <i>k</i>, plus silent <i>gh,</i> is cognate with the German word for …

Answer to What do linguists do, other than invent Dothraki and Valyrian?

Linguists are often erroneously* asked, "how many languages do you speak?" when people find out they're linguists, so thank you for the chance to …

Linguistics

Answer to Why was Adolf Hitler rejected from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna?

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Eugene Miya's answer to What did it feel like to live in and through a WWII Japanese-American internment camp?

Well my mom (a Nisei, 2nd generation, still alive) spoke of memories being issued a horse stable at Santa Anita Race Track, that's where her family, …

World War II

Andy Lee Chaisiri's answer to Why do most Westerners take a simplistic view of the Chinese Communist party as an authoritarian party which jails and murders its own people?

It's because their entertainment industry isn't strong enough. <b>China has</b> <b>Hard</b> <b>Power, but global approval requires a</b> <b>Soft</b> <b>touch!</b><p>For example, America has …

Answer to What were the things your parents did right in raising you?

• <b>Allowed . . . nay</b> <b>MADE</b> <b>us play outside.</b> My mother and father would physically unplug the TV and say, "Go outside. Don't come in until dinner." If I …

Balaji Viswanathan's answer to What makes America a successful country?

• A democratic system that has been quite stable for more than 220 years, except for a couple of years during the civil war. Very few nations had such …

Pearl Harbor

Robert Frost's answer to Why do we feel sleepy during lectures?

John Medina, in his book <i>Brain Rules</i>, introduces data that forms the following graph:<p>The data shows that student attention level takes a dive, …

Joey Frey's answer to Are there any words that were offensive in the past but are now practically inoffensive? Could a word like “fuck” lose all of its meaning in 20 years?

The word "guy" was basically the "f*ckface" of 1600s Britain.<p>Guy Fawkes was a terrorist who tried to blow up Parliament in the infamous Gunpowder …

Balaji Viswanathan's answer to How can I study more effectively? I manage to make average grades from what I retain in class and with the little studying I manage to do. I do find flash cards work for definitions, but I am a nursing student and they can only go so far. Any tips?

Cut out sources of distraction. For me, I have weaned away from smartphones and have gone back to dumb phones. I have realized that between my phone …

Study Skills

James Altucher's answer to How can I improve my English writing skills?

Back in college, Sanket and I would hang out in bars and try to talk to women but I was horrible at it. Nobody would talk to me for more than thirty …

James Pitt's answer to How did Yale and Harvard become so prestigious?

Because they're very old and very rich.<p>Harvard was the first university established in the United States; Yale was the third. They've been building …

Xavier Sythe's answer to What were the most accurate predictions of all time?

"...it will be possible for a business man in New York to dictate instructions, and have them instantly appear in type at his office in London or …

Rosie Cayetano's answer to How often should jeans be washed?

Great question! We suggest washing every five to six wears. Although there are some that advocate washing as little as possible. In fact, the …

Clothing

Answer to What can I learn/know right now in 10 minutes that will be useful for the rest of my life?

Place T-shirts in drawer vertically instead of laying them flat. Easier to find and so much more added room!<p>This works perfectly and came in handy …

Answer to Why are teachers not respected in American culture?

There are <b>a lot</b> of reasons for this, and it can be summarized as follows:<p><b>Teachers are female, familiar, ubiquitous and it's difficult to quantify</b> …

Arjun Krishnan's answer to Is John Nash, the mathematician and a Nobel laureate in economics, still working at Princeton?

<b>Edit</b> 2015-05-23<br>Terrible loss: John Nash dies at 86. He and his wife, Alicia, were killed in a car crash. http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/0...<p><b>Yes,</b> he's …

Daniel Kearns's answer to How much stronger is the United States military as compared with the next strongest power?

1,000 times. Maybe more.<p>No other military or combination of militaries could even begin to inflict the slightest numbers of casualties on the United …

Pink Floyd: Journey to the Dark Side

It could be a new Pink Floyd song, if only that band still existed as anything more than a memory, more than a barely cordial business partnership. …