Jun 22 • 38M

When Words Collide

Language is constantly crashing into itself to form new grammar and vocabulary.

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Would you describe the sound of a pickleball making contact with the pavement as “satisfying”?

We are frequently asked — often by young listeners who are fascinated by language — how English could possibly accumulate the many thousands of words that make up its vast vocabulary. It’s a topic that’s just too fun not to revisit now and again.

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