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Dogs process language in a similar way to humans – MRI brain scans discover evidence

Dogs process language in a similar way to humans – MRI brain scans discover evidence

Dogs can understand human speech and are only truly happy if a praising tone of voice is matched by the actual words spoken Dogs understand what some human words mean, according to a study published in the prestigious journal Science. In a world-first experiment, academics in Hungary trained 13 dogs to voluntarily lie in an MRI scanner to monitor what happened in their brain…

From dating profiles to Brexit – how to spot an online lie

From dating profiles to Brexit – how to spot an online lie

There are three things you can be sure of in life: death, taxes – and lying. The latter certainly appears to have been borne out by the UK’s recent Brexit referendum, with a number of the Leave campaign’s pledges looking more like porkie pies than solid truths. But from internet advertising, visa applications and academic articles to political blogs, insurance…

Catchphrase to cliché: how corporate-speak became common in our everyday lives

Catchphrase to cliché: how corporate-speak became common in our everyday lives

Should you ever wish to be reminded of those irritating workplace catchphrases, the internet abounds in news features and helpful sites – “26 Annoying Business Clichés You Should Stop Using Immediately”; “The Most Annoying, Pretentious And Useless Business Jargon”, to name just two. There is even ClichéSite.com, which claims to be the largest collection of such linguistic pinpricks. When they…

Why is sarcasm so difficult to detect in texts and emails?

Why is sarcasm so difficult to detect in texts and emails?

This sentence begins the best article you will ever read.

Chances are you thought that last statement might be sarcasm. Sarcasm, as linguist Robert Gibbs noted, includes “words used to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning of a sentence.” A form of irony, it also tends to be directed toward a specific individual.

How to speak business: A lexicon of office jargon

How to speak business: A lexicon of office jargon

Few things are as irritating as the jargon of the modern workplace. But what do our everyday office catchphrases really mean – and where do they come from? Let’s try an essential guide to middle-management-speak here. Between the many common irritating buzz words and phrases, you may well have your personal least favourite bit of biz jargon. After all, there’s…