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The short answer is that it didn't.
Also, are redundancies like "also ... too" more common nowadays?
Plus: one, two, three ... but first, second, third. Are all languages weird like that?
Also, the existential angst of THERE.
Also, where did the suffix -ly come from?
Also, why do some people "open" and "close" the lights?
Also, is there a relationship between Navajo and ... Hungarian?
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