Greek flags fly beside those of the European Union in Athens. Many people chalk the phrase up to Shakespeare, but its origins likely date back much earlier than that --€” to medieval monks eager for a cop-out. Matt Cardy/Getty Images hide caption

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Artist John Trumbull's Declaration of Independence. It can be seen in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. /Library of Congress hide caption

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Greg Kay decided to raise his son Linken, 10, to speak Esperanto as his native tongue. When Greg was younger, he traveled around South Korea, biking between Esperanto-speaking homes. Stina Sieg/KJZZ hide caption

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Merriam-Webster added "eggcorn" to its dictionary this past week. An eggcorn is defined as "a word or phrase that sounds like and is mistakenly used in a seemingly logical or plausible way for another word or phrase." Nick Dewar/Corbis hide caption

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Comedian Aziz Ansari became a pioneer of emoji language use in 2011, when he transcribed the hit Jay-Z and Kanye West song, "Ni**as In Paris." azizisbored.tumblr.com hide caption

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At Montana's Nkwusm Salish Language School, teacher Echo Brown works with a student learning Salish words. Luk means "wood" or "stick." Picct means "leaf" and solsi translates to "fire." Courtesy of Nkwusm Salish Language School hide caption

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Near Valletta, Malta, on Thursday there was a funeral service for 24 of the hundreds of migrants who died earlier in the week when the ship they were on capsized and sank. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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Fighters from the self-declared Islamic State parade through Raqqa, Syria, in June 2014. Raqqa Media Center/AP hide caption

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Heather Quinlan searched for New York accents around the city for her documentary If These Knishes Could Talk. She holds up a sign at the Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Manhattan. Hansi Lo Wang/NPR hide caption

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Fal Allen (right) shares a brew with W. Dan Houck. Both men work at Anderson Valley Brewing Company, where Allen's the brewmaster. He's also something of a Boontling scholar. Stina Sieg For NPR hide caption

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Does it bother you if the sign says "or less?" Or do you think the fans of "or fewer" are fussbudgets? James Clark/NPR hide caption

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Siatta Scott Johnson (at right), who has guided NPR journalists through Liberia and its lingo, advises two girls on how best to carry bananas and bread. Michaeleen Doucleff/NPR hide caption

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