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Get Happy! New Research Shows All Language Might Be Inherently Positive

Unfortunately, the same can’t necessarily be said for the people speaking it.

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Spend enough time on the internet, and you might start feeling an inescapable sense of melancholy from the constant barrage of bad news, mean-spirited tweets, and divisive Facebook posts from that guy you haven’t spoken to since high school. But while an endless stream of depressing words scrolling across your laptop screen might put you in a funk, a new study indicates that language itself isn’t necessarily such a bummer; There may, in fact, be an inherent trend toward the positive across the spectrum of human languages.

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Language Nerds Have Different Ideas About 2014’s Word of the Year

#BlackLivesMatter, vape, culture and exposure are 2014’s biggest words, according to dictionary writers and linguists.

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#BlackLivesMatter was a protest chant, a movement, a Twitter hashtag, and now it’s one of 2014’s biggest words of the year, according to the experts over at the American Dialect Society. A group of 226 word nerds- etymologists, grammarians, language scholars, and the like- got together and voted to designate #BlackLivesMatter the most important word to come out of the last year, choosing it over bae, even (as in: “I can’t even”) and manspreading.

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Re:Words: A Video Lexicon Explores the Beauty of Language Through Youtube

A new crowdsourced video by the directors of "Words" explores the complexity of our language.

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