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The Universal Psychology of <em>Huh</em>

How the dynamics of human conversation gave shape to a word that knows no boundaries. You may not be able to order a beer in Iceland, but misunderstand someone as they’re describing the regional elf lore, and you’re in luck. The expression “huh?” is practically universal, according to a recent study published in the journal PLoS One by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.Most languages sound dramatically different from each other because words aren’t tied to what they stand for—dog and chien both represent a four-legged canine, for example—and each language is basically

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12 Nov
Daniel Pink @DanielPink
RT @TheAtlantic: 'Huh?' is universal: Why the expression means the same thing in every language http://t.co/d5KS1DhxAt