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Latin did not die; it evolved and it is still very much alive.

A common belief among people is that Latin has ceased to exist centuries ago, or, in other words, Latin died. But, is Latin really dead? And, as language nerds, do we believe this without first considering the facts? So, in this article of today, you are going to see that Latin is not dead; Latin is still alive and kicking! But how is that? Read on! 
While Classical Latin is undoubtedly a dead, though not an extinct, language; some residue of this Classical Latin, called Ecclesiastical Latin, still roams our society as we speak, you can find it in such things as the Pope’s Twitter account. But this is not the kind of Latins I wanna talk about here. I want to talk about the one which has around 800 million speakers worldwide today; Modern Latin.
Modern Latin is what came to be known as Romance Languages, manifested in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Catalan, etc. which can be regarded as dialects of Latin. Have at the following Romance Language family tree for a second…
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50 Of The World's Most Translated Books.

Great books are never bound by the languages they are written in. They travel through languages, spaces, and cultures, and that's what makes a great book. To celebrate World Book Day, The Translation Company shed light on 50 of the world's most translated books. Better yet, they put that into an infographic. We brought it here to you and we wish it interests you. 

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50 Awfully Good Oxymorons.

An oxymoron is a figure of speech in which we have two or more words side by side contradicting each other. Their use in speech often leads to humor, irony, and sarcasm.  We've asked our followers at The Language Nerds to share their favorite oxymorons and the result has been nothing short of hilarious. We've compiled them here for you and added some more and we hope they appeal to you. Have a good read! 
original copycivil warunbiased opiniongood morningfight for peaceclearly misunderstood found missing same difference happily married military intelligence clearly confused alone together quiet childrenextinct life deafening silence new and improved act naturallyliving dead start quitting less is more educated guessstudent teacher larger half infinity and beyond bittersweet wireless cable auto-correct jumbo shrimp virtual reality plastic silverwareMicrosoft worksdecaffeinated coffee vegan things with meat flavor organized chaos bottom-up cold as hell only choiceold news even o…

Words with unexpected etymologies.

If you're a language nerd,  you probably find great joy in word etymology. That's because it's fun! It's always a joy to track the etymology of words. You can never know what you will find. Some words have pretty much alright etymologies. Other words, however, stun us with their completely unexpected etymologies. The Language Nerds did a little digging and compiled for you some of the words which have completely unexpected etymologies. Let's see what we've got!  Avocado There is a reason this word tops our list. The word avocado has its origin in the Aztec word 'ahuacatl' which literally means testicle. This is surprising because avocado and a testicle look pretty much similar. What's even more surprising is that avocados act as aphrodisiacs, foods that stimulate sex drive. So, let's just call them "testicle fruit."   Clue Well, how familiar are you with Greek Mythology? Let's give you a clue. Clue derives from the Greek word '…

The English language in numbers.

English has propagated into every corner of the world. It is the language of science, media, the internet, and the world's lingua franca. Almost everyone has some understanding of English. Because English matters, we brought to you an infographic that shows some interesting stats and numbers about English. So, without further ado, let's get down to it. 


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20 Fascinating Words with no English Equivalent.

No language has all of the words, and English is no exception. While you can express the complex feeling of "insecurity, fear, concern, and envy over relative lack of possessions, status or something of great personal value, particularly in reference to a comparator, a rival, or a competitor." with one word (i.e. jealousy), some other very simple concepts need to be expressed with more than one word, like the day after tomorrow. With input from our amazing followers at The Language Nerds, we have compiled a list of some of the most interesting words that exist in other languages but have no equivalent in English. You really don't want to miss any of them.  Ahorita  This is a Spanish essential adverb meaning "for now, right now, maybe later, maybe tomorrow, maybe never."  Schadenfreude A German word which refers to the joy you get from the misfortune of others.  Putaria  This is a Portuguese noun that simply means a crazy sex event. But it could also refer to polit…

What are the hardest and easiest languages to learn?

We have both good and very good news for you. The very good news is that all languages are learnable. The good news is that they are each learnable at different rates and speed. In this blog post, we brought to you an infographic that was put together by Voxy in which languages were ranked by learning difficulty. It's a very quick read, savor it! 

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What is a Wug?

A wug is an imaginary cartoon creature created and first used by psycholinguist Jean Berko Gleason to test people’s ability to use the English plural morpheme*. The test usually involves two cartoon panels—one depicting one wug with the caption “This is a wug,” and the other depicting two wugs with the caption “Now there is another one. There are two of them. There are two ____.”
If the test subject has the plural morpheme in his or her English, the test subject will fill in the blank with “wugs.” If not, then the blank usually gets filled with “wug.”
Here are the two panels, which show you what wugs look like.






Note that the wugs only elicit one of the allomorphs** of the plural morpheme, namely the [z] allomorph that is suffixed to a noun that ends with a voiced consonant (like /g/). Other creatures may be needed to elicit the [əz] in “dresses” and the [-s] in “socks.”
*A “morpheme” is a sequence of sounds [or combination of movements in sign language] that carries a meaning, and wh…