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New Brain Map Shows Where Words Are Stored Inside Your Head

Researchers have created a new map of the human brain which shows where we organise words depending on their meaning — and it could help us read minds more accurately than ever.


Words That Were Invented Because We Actually Just Got Them Wrong

Video: The lesson, as always, is that we’re dumb. All of us. Even the smartest among us can’t save us because we’re all so dumb. Why? Because when we hear the wrong words, we don’t bother to fix ourselves but instead adopt those wrong words into our language even though they’re clearly wrong. It’s great! Language is always changing… for the worse.


10 Grammar Mistakes People Love To Correct (That Aren't Actually Wrong)

Are you the sort of person who just loves correcting other people’s grammar? Are you sure that you’re doing it right? Some things that people have been taught are rules of English grammar are really not rules at all — and some of them are flat-out wrong.


That Emoji Does Not Mean What You Think It Means

By now you probably know that the emoji you send on an iPhone might not be the emoji that is received on a Nexus. Since emoji are designed differently across platforms, sometimes your text messages might get lost in translation. But how differently might your well-intentioned emoji be displayed?


5 Fun Stories About The Origin Of Words And Other Common Phrases

Video: Why is a pineapple called a pineapple in English but is named anana in pretty much every other European language? Well, it’s because English speakers saw the spiky fruit and thought of a pine cone and apple while other countries use the Tupi Guaraini (language used by natives in South America) word for pineapple, nana, which means excellent fruit. I mean, they’re both kind of right!


How Far Back In Time Could You Travel And Still Understand English?

Video: Time travelling back into the past is almost always a bad idea. Everybody is racist, everything is dirty and you’ll probably get some terrible disease and/or get stabbed with a sword that everyone is carrying but you. The world is generally dumber and worse off. And on top of that, you might not even be able to understand the English they’re speaking.


Why Does English Have So Many Words That Mean The Same Thing?

Video: It’s because though English is a Germanic language (the grammar and core vocabulary comes from that), there are a lot of words that come from the Romance (Latin-based) languages too, which were leaked into English when French-speaking Normans ruled England. That explains why there are a lot of twin words that mean the same thing in the English language.


Death, Cancer, Forced Labour: A Celebration Of Apple's Deranged Metaphors 

A journalist conscripted into writing propaganda. A sad pharmacist compelled to make drugs used in lethal injections. A doctor FORCED TO GIVE SOMEONE CANCER.


Google Translate Now Works With 13 More Languages

Ever had the urge to translate a website written in Corsican, Pashto or Luxembourgish? Good, because Google’s now got you covered.


A New AI Can Write Convincing Political Speeches

Truly rousing political speeches are, sadly, few and far between. But those that are a little less inspiring can, it turns out, be convincingly written by an artificial intelligence system. Yes, politicians may be a little like robots.


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