Evolutionary psychologist Katja Liebal literally wrote the book on Primate Communication. A professor of developmental psychology at the Freie Universität Berlin, Liebal’s research focuses “on the cognitive and communicative skills that might be uniquely human and those shared with other primate species.” According to BBC Earth, Liebal observes chimps in “hopes to compile the world’s first chimpanzee dictionary.”
I think learning chimpanzee should be an educational requirement beginning in elementary school to prepare our children for when, y’know, they take over.
(via The Kid Should See This)
I had no idea that the word “glitch” comes from Yiddish, the language spoken by Ashkenazi Jews that gave us words like “klutz,” “nosh,” and “shlep.” From Air & Space: Glitch is derived from glitsh, Yiddish for slippery place, and from glitshn, meaning to slide, or glide. Glitch was in use in the 1940s by […]
Visit Merriam-Webster’s “Time Traveler” and select a year from the drop-down menu. Instantly you’ll see the English words that were first used in print that year! More specifically, “the date is for the earliest written or printed use that the (dictionary) editors have been able to discover.” Above are the words first used in print […]
English is a glorious syncretic mess of a language, what you get when you blend together a bunch of mispronounced German, French and Latin words and then salt with the vernacular of a hundred other languages, without having to heed stern pronouncements from an official language academy.
A voracious appetite for reading is a good indicator of success and fulfillment. And why not? The more you read, the more you know. The more you know, the more you can do. By that equation, the Speed Reading Mastery Bundle is out to supercharge the productivity and knowledge in your life. It’s a series […]
There’s nothing like snuggling up under a good blanket, especially when that blanket can snuggle you back. As the popularity of the Gravity Blanket testifies, there’s more to a good bedcover than just soft material. These blankets incorporate subtle weights to create a swaddling effect that can ease you to sleep, and they’re all on […]
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