Yinz wanna play the dialect game?

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Y’all or yinz? Soda or pop? Hoagie or grinder? Highway or freeway?

The words we use map our origins. Linguistic researchers at Harvard and Cambridge have been conducting surveys for years and here are the results.

The questions go way beyond soda or pop, and will make you think twice about your word choice and your pronunciation. Continue reading

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Real men get the flu

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Men with higher levels of testosterone are more likely to come down with the flu, a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests.

Researchers, led by Stanford Prof. Mark Davis, looked at how the immune systems of men and women reacted to a flu shot.

In men, the higher the level of male hormones, the less effective the vaccine.

“Men are suffering!” Davis tells NBC News. “Women are superior. There’s no way around it.”

“It could be food for thought to all the testosterone-supplement takers out there,” he adds.

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Want to see what old St. Nick really looked like?

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I’m not talking about the “right jolly old elf” — with “eyes how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!” — but the real St. Nicholas, who was short with a broad face, according to a forensic reconstruction, and “a beard on his chin as white as the snow” would have been in keeping with religious tradition of the 4th century. Continue reading

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