an erect, shrubby plant, Rubus idaeus, of Eurasia, having conical or thimble-shaped red fruit.
Linguists recently found an Indo-European language hiding in rural Pakistan. Learn its story here.
At some point you’ve heard about the concept of language “families.” Generally, common sense defines how language relationships work: geographic neighbors often share a common ancestor. If this story were consistent, however, there wouldn’t be anything interesting for us to talk about. Take for example, this amazing discovery stemming from 20 years of research. Linguist Ilija Casule tied a language spoken in Pakistan called Burushaski …
Why Do We Call Them Berries?
The berry family is a linguistic invention particular to Germanic languages, like English. Other languages, like Spanish and French, do not combine the wide, diverse berry family into one group, but rather have very different words for blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries.
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