No one really wants to talk about the weather. Inspired by TED Talks, here are some questionsto start a better conversation inany situation.
“So, what’s your favorite word?”
Who to ask: The chatty person who’s sharing an outlet with you at the coffee shop
The basic idea: Dictionaries don’t compile themselves — linguistic sleuths called lexicographers do — and in order to keep the modern dictionary accurate and dynamic, they need be open to new words and formats. They also need your help.
Fun facts you’ll learn: How lexicography is like archaeology; why there’s no such thing as a “bad” word; and the definition of “erinaceous” (hint: it involves hedgehogs). Scoot to 3:58 for that.
“If you could choose a sixth sense, what would it be?”
When to ask: Around the dinner table, just before dessert
The basic idea: Human perception is limited to information our five senses are able…
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