A soft answer turneth away wrath
What is Soft About a Soft Drink? What Does Soda Have to Do With Sodium?
Some call it soda. Others say soft drink, fizzy drink, soda pop, or just plain-old pop. There is no right word for the sweet carbonated beverage, although it would be wrong not to know the linguistic background behind the bubbles. That doesn’t mean we don’t have a thirst … for knowledge, that is. Why are soft drinks called soft? The “soft” in soft drinks is …
Where and when did language begin? A remarkable new study may have the answer
The origin of spoken language has stumped linguistics dating as far back as the Twenty-sixth dynasty in Egypt and the first recorded language experiment conducted by a Pharaoh named Psammetichus I. While it is widely understood that our ability to communicate through speech sets us apart from other animals, language experts, historians and scientists can only hypothesize how, where and when it all began. Some new …
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