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How Some Words Are Forgotten

Season 6 Episode 23 | 10m 49s | Video has closed captioning.

English is a confusing language for many reasons. But the irregular verbs might be the most confusing part. Why is “told” the past tense of “tell” but “smold” isn’t the past tense of “smell”? It turns out that the study of irregular verbs can teach us a lot about how languages evolve. This week, we look at how the era of Big Data is unlocking secrets behind the weirdness of words.

Aired: 08/14/18

Rating: NR

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