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During our road trip across America, we quickly developed a routine: after a day of driving, we’d get some ice in a bucket, and relax with some cold drinks. 513 more words
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If you know anything about Arabic in the modern world you know that it’s not really “Arabic” so much as a collection of “Arabics,” the various regional dialects that share a common root but diverge from each other (at least in the spoken language) in many, sometimes significant, ways. 614 more words
What’s “Romanization,” do you think? Do you suppose it’s a becoming-more-English way of getting rid of slashes and swoops? Or the systematic breakdown of an ancient language that’s on its way out, because of the excessive hyphens, like the interpreters say? 236 more words
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Every language has filler words that speakers use in nervous moments or to buy time while thinking. Two of the most common of these in English are “uh” and “um.” They might seem interchangeable, but data show that their usage break down across surprising geographic lines. 768 more words