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If only there were one that fit. Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images

What makes something ironic?

Irony is a slippery concept. Sometimes it's used in speech, other times it's used to describe a situation – oh, and it can also characterize an attitude. Is its versatility its downfall?
The American Dialect Society chose ‘they’ as its ‘Word of the Decade.’ abstract_art7/Shutterstock.com

For linguists, it was the decade of the pronoun

Pronouns rarely, if ever, change. Then along came the gender nonbinary 'they,' which was just anointed ‘word of the decade.’
Baboons make sounds, but how does it relate to human speech? Creative Wrights/Shutterstock.com

Examining how primates make vowel sounds pushes timeline for speech evolution back by 27 million years

Researchers say it's time to finally discard a decades-old theory about the origins of human language – and revise the date when human ancestors likely were able to make certain speech noises.
Doctors protest against what they see as the Conservative Party’s push to privatise the health service. Isabel Infantes/PA

The British election explained in five key phrases

One side wants to 'get Brexit done' while the other shouts the 'NHS is not for sale!'. What does it all really mean?
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Turing Test: why it still matters

Some people claim it's already been passed. But Alan Turing's test of whether artificial intelligence can act like a human remains an important benchmark for our species.

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