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The Sweet Language of Donuts


Friends
Did you know there is a  language called Kannada? I don’t know whether it features a disproportionate use of the interjection “eh?” or uses the word “aboot”, but I found-out it is part of the Dravidian family of languages which has no connection to the 437 Indo-European languages (English being one) that are spoken by 46% of the world. In contrast, the 84 Dravidian languages are spoken by 3.6% of the planet’s population. Apparently there are nearly seven thousand languages belonging to 137 families (not counting 13 extinct language families). Many of these language families have a very small number of speakers. Tringua is at the extreme, with one speaker left, which makes me wonder whether that last guy in Colombia who speaks it talks to himself. (or maybe he’s bilingual). In any event language evolves, languages die and new languages replace them. I wonder how many of these languages have a word for donut. I suppose Kannada speakers (Kannadians?) must go to Tim Horton’s to procure them.
Happy Friday!

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