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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Media: Why do People Hate the Word ''Moist''? Slate Discusses Word Aversion

Submitter: Brent Woo

Submitter Email: bwoo@linguistlist.org
Media Body: Word Aversion is a term coined to describe the intense revulsion some people experience on hearing a word like "moist", independent of its real-world connotation. Word Aversion is discussed by a linguistics professor and was brought up in Language Log. Is it a real phenomenon? Is it simply socially transmitted?

Read more: http://www.slate.com/articles/life/the_good_word/2013/04/word_aversion_hate_moist_slacks_crevice_why_do_people_hate_words.html
Issue Number: 24.1475
Date Posted: April 01, 2013

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