Page 7 - Language Facts

Kummerspeck is German for "excess weight gained through emotional overeating!"

We all emotionally overeat at some point in our lives. You're stressed. You grab a brownie. You're upset. You eat a hamburger. Sometimes you do this so frequently that you gain weight.

The Germans definitely do this because they have a word specifically for it. "Kummerspeck" is German for the excess weight gained from emotional overeating.

Ouch. Literally it translates to "grief bacon." "Kummer" translates to "grief." And "speck" translates to "bacon." Wouldn't want someone to accuse you of having too much kummerspeck.


The USA is #5 in the list of countries with most Spanish speakers!

Spanish is a Romance language that originated in Castile, a region of Spain.

Approximately 406 million people speak Spanish as a native language, making it second only to Mandarin in terms of it's number of native speakers worldwide.

It also has 60 million speakers as a second language, and 20 million students as a foreign language.Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, and is used as an official language by the European Union and Mercosur.

Despite of not being it's native language, the U.S is the 5th country in the World with more Spanish speakers. This puts the U.S ahead of countries like Peru, Venezuela and Chile! There are surely a lot of bilinguals at the U.S,


There's a difference between an Attorney and a Lawyer!

You might have heard the words attorney and lawyer used interchangeably in TV or movies. So much so, that you might think that the words are synonyms, but in reality they're slightly different things!

A lawyer is someone who is trained in the law. Anyone who has been to law school can consider themselves a lawyer.

An attorney, however, is someone who has passed the bar exam in the jurisdiction that they intend to work in.

This means in practice, that someone who's strictly a lawyer can give legal advice, but only an attorney can legally represent someone else.


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A man only spoke Klingon to his son for the first three years of his life!

d'Armond Speers began speaking to his son only using a language made up in the Star Trek universe - Klingon.

While d'Armond was only speaking in Klingon, his wife was only speaking to their son in English. Speers says that he wanted to study how children developed language, and that he decided to use his son as a harmless experiment.

There are videos of d'Armond's son singing a Klingon lullaby, and even many notes scattered on the internet of the challenges that he faced while trying to teach his son Klingon! For example, there is no word for 'table' so instead he would just say 'thing which is flat'!

His son would rarely respond in Klingon, but when he did, his pronunciation was perfect and he never confused English words and Klingon words.

His son soon grew tired of his father speaking the fictional language and refused to answer him as long as he spoke it, so d'Armond decided to stop speaking to his son to avoid creating any problems in the house!

Today, his son speaks no Klingon, and d'Armond says that he isn't a Star Trek fanatic - he just really likes languages.


Tanks got their name to fool enemies into thinking they were carrying water and not weapons!

A tank is a tracked, armored fighting vehicle designed for front-line combat which combines operational mobility and tactical offensive and defensive capabilities.

Firepower is normally provided by a large-caliber main gun in a rotating turret and secondary machine guns, while heavy armor and all-terrain mobility provide protection for the tank and it's crew, allowing it to perform all primary tasks of the armored troops on the battlefield.

Tanks are very lethal war machinery and can surely make a difference when it comes to the battle field. Tanks can both generate a very powerful attack and a strong shield against several enemies attack and can be the difference between life and death.

Tanks were originally called tanks as a way of misleading the enemy into thinking they were water tanks shipped to areas of the battle where water was scarce. This way the enemy suffered the element of surprise!



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