Sunday, September 1, 2013
A Little Book of Language
Start reading this book last night. Only gone through a few chapters, I like it already. It is simple and intriguing. It offers quite a good introduction to many language-related topics.
LISTENING BEFORE WE'RE BORN
Yes. Everyone knows this fact. But it is so sweet to be told again. Especially this passage :
Babies don't have to wait to learn what mummy sounds like. They know already.
HOW THE ADAM'S APPLE GOT ITS NAME
The story goes that, in the Garden of Eden, Eve gave Adam an apple to eat. He wasn't used to apples, of course, and a piece stuck in his throat. Eve didn't have the same problem. That's why men's Adam's apples stick out more than women's do.
It is a beautiful mistake in translation from Hebrew language.
Read on to find the truth.