15 Words you never knew came from literature


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Words can be a powerful tool. They can make people laugh, cry, or bring them around to a new way of thinking. This infographic from lovereading.co.uk chronicles some of the most outstanding words in English which come from literature.

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25 Words That Don’t Mean What They Originally Did


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Did you know that 1000 years ago vegetarians ate meat? Well, don’t be nice and make sure you read this awful list because if you don’t you won’t understand anything in this introduction. These are 25 words that don’t mean what they originally did.

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11 untranslatable words from other cultures


“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 relationship between words and their meaning is a fascinating one, and linguists have spent countless years deconstructing it, taking it apart letter by letter, and trying to figure out why there are so many feelings and ideas that we cannot even put words to, and that some languages cannot identify. Somehow narrowing it down to just a handful, Maptia has illustrated 11 of these wonderful, untranslatable, if slightly elusive, words.

11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures

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Biegert & Funk – QLOCKTWO W


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Biegert & Funk announced the first wristwatch to display time in a square grid of 110 letters with QLOCKTWO W. When the stainless steel button is pressed, words light up in unexpected places which describe the time. Priced at €550, the watch is scheduled for arrival this autumn and will be available in black or stainless steel variations, with either rubber or leather bands. Available in either English or German.