16 Words to Learn in 2016

Language is as mysterious as the essence of our existence. According to Noam Chomsky: “The evolution of the faculty of language largely remains an enigma. Language’s evolutionary analysis is complicated because it has no equivalent in any nonhuman species. There is also no consensus regarding the essential nature of the language ‘phenotype’.” The modern study of language is also as old as human civilisation, dating back to 2,000 years and the age of spoken languages, if we go by eminent linguists, is estimated at 60,000 to 100,000 years.

Amidst all these uncertainties I love to believe in the Universal Friendship Organisations’ conviction that one day all the people in the world will speak one language and that there will be eternal peace in our universe. Until then we can only speculate about the theories on one hand and be mesmerised about how we have evolved as an animal with complex systems of communication.

Here’s a list of sixteen non-English words that signify some universal feelings, experience and ideas but which has no English equivalent.

PS: I’m so glad to announce that this is the 1,000th post on my blog.



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