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Lifestyle

Losing the Language of 'Us'

Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but love shouldn’t be sequestered to one measly day. This week, The World in Words explores the intersection of language and love from Danish love songs to the five love languages to one woman's love, loss and language.

Technology

The quest to create the first dumpling emoji

Emoji is a Japanese term for the cute little symbols you can text and tweet from your phone and PC. There are emojis for pizza and taco and apple but recently writer Jennifer 8 Lee discovered that there is no official dumpling emoji. Dumplings are one of the world's most ubiquitious foods, why no dumpling emoji? She decided to change that. The World in Words podcast talks Lee about her quest to create the dumpling emoji and writing a proposal to the mysterious Unicode Consortium, the entity that encodes emoji and makes them "official."

Culture

Three mother tongues in one

Many Lebanese speak a full-on mix of Arabic, French and English. Calling this linguistic melange a "mother tongue" started out as a joke, but now it's become a part of Lebanon's national identity — even if it means that sometimes people don't understand what they are saying.

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