The biggest issue is still getting the kids to eat them.
When botany and linguistics collide: pumpkins are fruits and there's technically no such thing as a vegetable. But try telling that to a five-year-old and see how far you get.
Our relationships, desires, anxieties are reflected in the way we communicate.
A "passion" was once thought of as a love or desire so irresistible as to take one to the threshold of death. What are we to make, then, of a passion for innovation or management consulting? What's happening to our words?
Some argue that it would be impossible to understand an alien language, as it wouldn't have the same grammar as humans use. But others are more optimistic.
“Apparently you’ve got some kind of a troll problem?”
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500m posts are made daily on Twitter alone. Policing them is no easy task.
All hail the ‘silver surfer’. But other terms used to describe older Australians are not so complimentary.
Our mixed feelings about ageing are clearly revealed in the language we use to talk about it.
And you thought it just indicated the end of a sentence…
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For centuries, written communication was tinged with formality and finality. But since the emergence of casual forms like texting, using proper grammar can be fraught with misinterpretation.
Those who object to sexist jokes or other forms of offensive language are often accused of being wowsers, of trying to silence free speech.
What impact can offensive language have? Is it really a case of 'political correctness gone mad'?
Do you remember playing with the red wheel or do you remember a picture of you playing with it?
Language, culture and brain development all contribute to 'childhood amnesia'.
Brave new world? We should embrace language that gets things done.
Going forward, perhaps we ought to cut office patois some slack – it greases the wheels of business, after all.
Jamie Milpurr translates archived stories told by his grandfather Frank Ambidjambidj with help from his grandmother Margaret Marlingarr. The stories were told in Kun-barlang, a language spoken on Goulburn Island with 20 speakers remaining.
A clever proces similar to Google's image search is helping to preserve some of the world's 7,000 languages that are at risk of disappearing.
The Cornish language is part of the land.
Funding cuts could finally decimate one of Britain's oldest surviving languages.
Facial expressions may be a universal language. Where does that leave people with facial paralysis?
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What happens when the face is no longer the primary means of expression?
How good are people at interpreting a cat’s meow?
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While cats – with their steely demeanor – have a reputation of being hard to read, humans seem intent on figuring out what they're thinking and feeling.
Intelligent machines are getting better at understanding our conversation.
Human communication is complex, rich in nuances and frequently includes non-verbal signs. That's a challenge if you want an intelligent machine to be part of the conversation.
‘Candidate’ has its roots in the word ‘candid’, to be frank. It’s hard not to believe that we’ve strayed a little from those noble aspirations.
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Many of the most commonly used election terms have a long linguistic history, stretching from ancient Rome to modern-day America and Australia.
Did Ashkenazi Jews descend from ancient Turkey?
Yiddish was at one time the international language of Ashkenazic Jews, but it's exact origin has always been somewhat unclear, until now.
In the past 20 years, budget speeches have been delivered in increasingly less complex language.
We all know about the 'jobs and growth', but there was also 'tax' and various forms of 'new' – read innovation – in this year's federal budget.
If you read a translation of a book, have you read the book? Can language ever really tell you what someone else is thinking? Jhumpa Lahiri navigates these tricky waters in her memoir, In Other Words.
Treasurers throughout Australia’s history have used their budget role to reach out to people.
As a political speaker, either you pick your key phrases or they get picked for you.
Both Hamlet and ‘True Detective’’s Rust Cohle make audiences wonder whether they’re deserving of sympathy or blame.
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The psychological complexity of Shakespeare's characters has rendered them timeless. Today, we see The Bard's influence in shows like 'Breaking Bad' and 'True Detective.'