Category: Language

Ways people respond to sneezes around the world

When I was younger, I thought people said “bless you” after someone sneezes because your heart momentarily stops with each “achoo.” I don’t know who told me that tale, but it stuck with me. And, it turns out it was wrong. The origin of bestowing a verbal blessing on someone after they sneeze can be traced... Read more »

Yes, Americans need to learn English before traveling to London

Whenever we visit new countries, we try to learn at least a few words to use in our daily interactions with the people we meet and encounter. Whether it’s “hello” when walking into a store, “pardon me” when moving past people on the sidewalk, or “thank you” when being served a meal, it always adds... Read more »

N.B.: I learned a bit of Latin thanks to my sons' school emails

Sometime earlier this year, I noticed that the bilingual emails sent out by administrators at my sons’ school included a bit of another language. But, it took a while for me to get it. Why? Because, it can be hard to spot a language when it shows up as two letters – N.B. Like many... Read more »
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