Two related languages are found on opposite sides of the globe.
Have you heard the story of the Tower of Babel? According to the Bible, all of humanity lived together in harmony, until God decided to confuse the languages and spread the people across the Earth. This story points to one of the great mysteries of human culture: why do we all speak different languages? Our ancestors probably began using language between 200,000 to 50,000 years …
Around the Web: Autocorrect and Common Street Names
A linguistic take on how we name bands today at the Morning News. Brush up on the history of autocorrect from Wired. Also, here’s a discussion of the word “uber” over time from the Boston Globe. Also from the Globe, English is a language exporter. Japanese has a word for “book hoarder” in LA Times’ Jacket Copy. What language should you learn according to the …
Origin of globe artichoke
First recorded in 1855–60; so called from the globose flower head
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