Let Cereal Take You On A Wild Ride Through Linguistics

If there’s one way to get me to learn about something, it’s to incorporate food into the lesson. Especially cereal, because cereal is my Achilles heel.

Anyway, Michael Stevens of the YouTube channel Vsauce has tapped into our primal cereal-craving urges to teach us about linguistics! It’s a weird, weird journey that starts with Stevens asking if cereal is soup or salad, then saying that maybe it’s soup, but it’s not soup soup; or maybe it’s salad, but it’s not salad salad; then explaining that that linguistic phenomenon is called “reduplicating” and serves to define ideas that lie in fringe categories. He goes on a whole 8-minute shpiel, eventually doubling back to the whole cereal thing and then away from it again to express why language is awesome even though our whole linguistic system has been far, far outpaced by technology.

That’ll jog your brain on your first truly post-holiday Monday in weeks! Now, excuse me while I go fetch myself some Raisin Bran.

[h/t Daily Dot]

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