‘Rough’ words feature a trill sound in languages around the globe

The prevalence of trilled /r/ for ‘rough’ vs ‘smooth’ in 112 languages from 25 unrelated families. The paper reports 4 studies of a larger range of languages and a larger range of words, including from the Americas, where trilled /r/ is rare and the pattern consequently absent. This simplified map combines Figure 2 and Fig 4A from the Scientific Reports research paper. Credit: Bodo Winter et al.

In languages spoken around the world, words describing rough surfaces are highly likely to feature a “trilled /r/” sound—a linguistic pattern that stretches back over 6,000 years, a new study reveals. The international

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Pundit criticises Liverpool star’s body language, made to quickly eat his words

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Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold picked up three assists in England’s win over San Marino – but Lee Dixon wasn’t all that impressed with him.

Alexander-Arnold may be a Liverpool hero, but his role with England is far from secure.

Reece James is emerging as one of the top wing backs around, whilst Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier are in the mix too.

Alexander-Arnold was given a start against San Marino on Monday, meaning he was given a chance to shine against lowly opposition.





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BIPOC or POC? Equity or Equality? Debating Words on the Left

Some activists defend the focus on language, saying that the way people use words is not mere symbolism but is necessary to achieving justice.

“Saying something like, ‘Black people are less likely to get a loan from the bank,’ instead of saying, ‘Banks are less likely to give loans to Black people,’ might feel like it’s just me wording it differently,” Rashad Robinson, president of the racial justice organization Color of Change, said. “But ‘Black people are less likely to get a loan from the bank’ makes people ask themselves, ‘What’s wrong with Black people? Let’s get them financial literacy

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Yiddish words still common in the German language | Culture | Arts, music and lifestyle reporting from Germany | DW

“It’s a compliment to a language when you borrow a word because you find it particularly fitting or charming,” said Ronen Steinke. In 2020, the German book author, journalist and lawyer wrote a book about Yiddish terms that have long had a firm place in the German language.

There are plenty of common colloquial expressions that Germans use without realizing they have Yiddish roots, including “Ganove” (hoodlum), “Knast” (prison), “Tacheles reden” (to speak frankly), “Abzocke” (hustle) and “Zoff” (trouble)

Ronen Steinke has looked into Yiddish words used in the German language

Steinke prefers in many cases the sound of Yiddish

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Origins of the naughtiest swear words in the English language

In most people, language is generated on the left side of the brain — the half associated with logic, motor functions and math. 

But when we let loose with a particularly satisfying swear word, the right side of our gray matter — associated with emotion and cathartic expression — lights up on imaging scans, reveals Columbia linguistics professor John McWhorter. 

“Curse words are not words, in a sense,” McWhorter told The Post. “They’re eruptions.” 

McWhorter loves swear words so much he’s written a book about their origins, “Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever

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