Words in the News … A Weekly Roundup

FROM Wired’s GeekDad Jonathan Liu, who says he’s a “stay-at-home dad, Etch-a-Sketch artist, community agitator, board game geek, and a voracious reader”:
Old Navy Lets Go of Grammar
“See what you’ve done, apostrophe abusers? You used up too many,” he says.

 

PAY attention, all you propeller heads … the new Chambers Dictionary list of insults includes rantipoles and chawbacons, writes The Guardian’s Sarah Phillips. Never has cursing been so creative, she says.

 

FROM Miller-McCune.com’s Idea Lobby comes the fascinating premise that rescuing endangered languages means saving ideas.
“… federally-funded researchers say each tongue may include unique concepts with practical value…”
Human language, says the article, encapsulates more than just different ways to say “hello”.

 

AND a new study reveals that toddlers understand complex grammar, reports Fox News.
Even before 2-year-olds speak in full sentences, they are able to understand grammatical construction and use it to make sense of what they hear.

 

 

 

 

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