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  1. New Study Suggests That Human Language Is Naturally Biased Towards Happy Words

    Well, that explains Pharrell.

    According to the mathematicians at University of Vermont, the moral arc of the linguistic universe bends towards positivity. But have they been on the Internet lately? Because I feel like it's going to be a very, very long arc.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: Why You Can Smell That Petrichor After It Rains

    Here's a video from MIT laying out a bit about how the rain leaves that specific smell behind. (via HuffPo Science)

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  3. Margaret Atwood Protests Removal of Nature Words From Oxford Junior Dictionary

    In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like broadband?

    Since 2007, Oxford University Press has removed the names of at least 30 plants and animals from its Junior Dictionary in favor of modern words like "broadband" or "cut-and-paste"; and although these changes might reflect the inevitable evolution of the English language, Margaret Atwood is concerned that omitting the natural world from children's vocabularies will have dire consequences.

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  4. How Not to Overthink Your Decision to Learn Japanese

    So, you’re finally taking the big step. You’ve seen the occasional words or titles in anime or games, and now you want to dive into the “real” stuff. You want to learn Japanese.

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  5. Merriam-Webster Adds “Steampunk,” “Spoiler Alert,” and “Fangirl” to the English Dictionary

    Today in Awesome

    Merriam-Webster announced the addition of one hundred fifty new words to its celebrated dictionary of American English, from "Auto-Tune" (to adjust or alter (a recording of a voice) with Auto-Tune software or other audio-editing software esp. to correct sung notes that are out of tune) to "Yooper" (a native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan — used as a nickname). And, nestled in among a selection of words that seem themed around the intersection of technology and pop culture, is one we're very familiar with here on The Mary Sue: "fangirl."

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  6. Nerd Semantics Cross Language Barriers With Yaoi, Slash, & Otaku

    Essay

    Words change, and words get used different ways in different places. Ask someone from the United States what word they use to refer to carbonated beverages, and you will hear at least two different answers. Sometimes three or more. English borrows words all the time from different languages, too. In anime and manga fandom, the words involved tend to be borrowed from Japanese. Words like otaku, words like yaoi.

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  7. You Guys? English Is a Really Messed Up Language [Video]

    Petition to make it so that hammers "ham."

    This video by AsapTHOUGHT, the companion channel to AsapSCIENCE, is more about colloquialisms and grammar oddities than it is about the inherent inconsistences of the English language. That being said, my brain still hurts from all of this thinking about words. And it rhymes, too!

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  8. Controversial Super Bowl Coke Commercial Adds Klingon; No Response Yet From Space Racists

    Great Moments in Advertising

    If you somehow managed to miss the latest instance of Racists Being Racist About Things, A) congratulations, I envy you, and B) this video will require a bit of explanation. It's a spoof of Coke's Super Bowl ad, which featured "America the Beautiful" being sung in different languages. Racists objected to it, because America is a country founded on the principles of equality, freedom, and that people who don't speak English are worth less than people who do. Stephen Colbert did an excellent takedown of the "controversy." And now GarlicJacksonComedy has given the video a geeky twist. No word yet from Morse Code-phobics, a group just as ridiculous as people who think Spanish shouldn't be spoken in a Coke ad. (via: io9) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  9. The French Language Police Exist And Would Like You To Stop Using “ASAP” ASAP

    I'm super sure everyone is going follow their instructions immediately.

    Just because the Oxford Dictionary made "selfie" word of the year doesn't mean every language is so lax with their standards. The French even have their own word police, the Académie Française, who tell people which words are okay to use and which are as passé as "freedom fries." Their most recent target? The abbreviation "ASAP."

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  10. The French Language Now Has Its Own Word For Sexting: “Textopornographie”

    Sacré bleu!

    Languages borrow from each other all the time -- English, for example, is mostly an amalgamation of Latin, German, French, and Norse. The French language, though? It's not having any of that cross-contamination stuff. So when new technology words float over from the English language, French likes to shut it down by making up their own versions.

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