We humans have been dropping "um," "uh" and other expressions of hesitation into our speech for a long time — maybe for as long as we've had language. More recently, linguists are noting a shift in usage across a number of Germanic languages from "uh" to "um."
There may be a counterintuitive explanation for the deep freeze that hit New England this winter: The rapidly warming Arctic is causing big disruptions in the jet stream, which carries weather across North America. Is this the worst winter you've experienced?
David Tennant is already famous in the United Kingdom for his performance on Doctor Who, a long-running BBC sci-fi show. Now he's made history on another popular British program of a very different kind.
His announcement Saturday came after anger that Williams had, as he put it, "misremembered" being under attack in a military helicopter the Iraq War in 2003. The attack on his chopper didn't happen, he said last week. and he has apologized to veterans over his earlier account.
Death is expensive. The American casket industry is a $1.5 billion business, leading some families to seek out cheaper options from China. But the Chinese haven't been able to bury the American competition.
ISIS' self-proclaimed Islamic State is crumbling. With momentum lost and victories in short supply, the terrorist organization has struggled with the most basic responsibilities — like keeping the lights on.
How does picking the tomato compare to the onion? And what about strawberries? One Mexican American migrant farmworker who lives in California's Central Valley took us to the produce aisle to tell us what he sees when he's at the supermarket.
Coffee is a crucial part of many morning routines. If it's part of your morning routine, be glad. New research suggests that coffee, in fairly large quantities, actually presents significant health benefits.
The Cyberspace Administration of China debuted a new song celebrating what it says is the country's an achievement in innovation. This rousing anthem was written to celebrate China's recent moves to tighten its controls on the Internet — to improve it's so-called "Great Firewall".
China's $50 billion plan for a new Central American canal connecting Atlantic and Pacific may damage the freshwater Lake Nicaragua, changing the environment for those who depend upon it. The plan faces opposition in parts of the country.
Even the Israeli prime minister's usual supporters — and much of the Israeli public — question Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to address Congress on March 3 without an invitation from President Obama. The address, at the request of House Speaker John Boehner, comes two weeks before Israeli elections. Is Bibi being savvy, or playing the pawn?
There are plenty of people learning Sanskrit, the ancient Indian language, and those numbers are growing. But those students typically learn the language to read old books, and it turns out trying to use it as a spoken language is a challenge.
Climate change has been a political hot potato for years. Conservatives have made it almost a religion to deny that it exists — or at least express grave skepticism. But one Republican politician says that needs to change for the party's own good.