Excellent Discussion About The Limitations Of Language

Jan 7, 2015
Is cereal soup? What if it's a type of salad and milk is a type of dressing? Is the cereal the meal and the milk a condiment? There really is no right answer, because the answer is whatever we, as a society, agree it should be. Did you know there were nine emoticons written in the Declaration of Independence? Technology increasingly forces us to use a form of language called reduplication, in other words, if you're referring to a book, are you talking about an e-book or a "book" book? We re-emphasize a word to contrast its meaning to other similar items.

The etymology of language is full of weird evolutions and exceptions to generally accepted rules. VSauce puts it all into perspective with this entertaining video on the limitations of language.
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