Aug 16, 2022 • 46M

Throw Up, Turn Out & Believe

More about how new words are formed and what they might say about how long a language has been around.

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John McWhorter
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Words like chit-chat, pitter-patter and wishy-washy are formed that way for a reason beyond the pleasing way that they sound. The vowel change actually signifies something more meaningful to our human way of thinking. John explains.