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10 Commonly Misunderstood Words – Infographic

10 Commonly Misunderstood Words

All too often, we try to use words that will increase our vocabulary.  Students do this all the time, inserting what they believe are fantastic vocabulary words into papers to try to impress us, but sometimes they are using them in the wrong context, or really (“literally”) don’t understand the definition.  Today’s infographic looks at ten of the most commonly misunderstood and misused words in  the English language.  From the 90s pop song “Ironic” to an overuse of “literally” today to simply add emphasis, some words have truly evolved over time. [VIA]

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Posted by on January 9, 2014 in Infographics

 

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11 Untranslatable Words from Around the World – Infographic

11 Untranslatable Words from Around the World

“Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon the absolute truth.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

The words we use have always been tied to our feelings, and linguists are constantly dissecting language to get to the heart of that relationship.  There are some feelings, however, that we just cannot put into words and that some cultures cannot identify.  Around the world, this is not always true and some cultures have been able to create single words for complex feelings.  Today’s infographic presents 11 of these words for more complex feelings or subtle actions from various cultures around the world. [VIA]

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Posted by on September 23, 2013 in Infographics

 

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