Our Language Has 'Interesting Little Wrinkles,' Linguist Says

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Earlier studies have found that children who grow up in houses with a TV on many hours a day learn fewer words than children in households with less TV time. Heleen Sitter/Getty Images hide caption

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New Words With Quieter Background Chatter

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Donald Trump delivered a speech on April 27, 2016 in Washington, D.C. using a teleprompter, a "pivot" in style, after saying he wouldn't use one. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Politics, Pundits And The Problem With The Word 'Pivot'

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Star Trek fans dress as Klingons during the Destination Star Trek event at ExCel on Oct. 3, 2014, in London. Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images hide caption

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Is Klingon A Living Language? That's For (Human) Courts To Decide

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The armed individuals occupying part of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon include Ryan Bundy. On Thursday, he had a gun and a tape measure on his side. Bundy is the son of Cliven Bundy, whose 2014 armed standoff with the federal Bureau of Land Management in in Nevada drew national attention. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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IBM's Watson analyzes a Twitter account of an unnamed user, breaking down needs, values and five personality traits: openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, neuroticism (aka emotional range). IBM hide caption

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I Asked A Computer To Be My Life Coach

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On Wednesday in Yangon, Myanmar, two police officers read about the elections that saw opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party win a majority of seats in parliament. Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP hide caption

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A sample of Georgian from the UCLA Phonetics Lab

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Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the Road to Majority 2015 convention in Washington on June 19. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Argelia Zarate, a Mixteco interpreter at the Oxnard School District, encourages students to practice their native languages. Jeremy Raff/KQED hide caption

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Essentials are necessary. Replicas are exact. An exodus is a mass movement of people. These are just a few of the many pleonasms heard and written each day. NPR via wordle.net hide caption

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Please Don't Have A Temper Tantrum About The Pleonasm In This Headline

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3 Things To Know About NPR's Policy Regarding Offensive Language

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Maria Nieves Nashnato Upari and Jose Manuel Huaymacari Tamani are teaching Kukama to children in hopes of keeping their "maternal language" alive. Ben de la Cruz/NPR hide caption

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If your neighbors are getting on your nerves, here's what you'd say in Kukama: "They're living like dogs: one minute laughing, the next minute shouting, the next minute fighting."

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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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Is It All Greek To You? Thank Medieval Monks, And The Bard, For The Phrase

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