TIL people who speak Icelandic can still understand the old Icelandic Sagas because of how little the language has changed over the past 1000 years.    https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/maohy3/til_people_who_speak_icelandic_can_still/

 

TIL that many non-english languages have no concept of a spelling bee because the spelling rules in those languages are too regular for good spelling to be impressive    https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/bqfdmp/til_that_many_nonenglish_languages_have_no/

 

TIL that on one of the Canary Islands, there is a whistled language that all inhabitants of the island understand. It was developed so that people could talk at distances of up to 5km, and although it was dying out, it is currently making a comeback.    https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/5ttp13/til_that_on_one_of_the_canary_islands_there_is_a/

 

TIL the Rosetta Stone was not meant as a way to translate hieroglyphics, it was a government document containing three languages (Hieroglyphics, Greek and Demotic) so that all the people of Egypt at the time could read it    https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/i5qr6k/til_the_rosetta_stone_was_not_meant_as_a_way_to/

 

TIL English is “the universal language of the skies”. All pilots must learn and use English, regardless of their country of origin.    https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/8ffs7l/til_english_is_the_universal_language_of_the/

 

TIL the bird Americans call a “turkey” is called an India in Turkey, and a Peru in Portugese.    https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/5g12hs/til_the_bird_americans_call_a_turkey_is_called_an/

 

TIL Around 1000 of the world’s approximately 5,000 languages are spoken solely in New Guinea.    https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/2ehlzd/til_around_1000_of_the_worlds_approximately_5000/

 

TIL the word for “roller coasters” in Russian translates to “American Mountains.”    https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/2dfopb/til_the_word_for_roller_coasters_in_russian/

 

TIL The Inca did not have a written language but they did store and transfer information via a system of knots in rope that is still being decoded    https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/kwtjmo/til_the_inca_did_not_have_a_written_language_but/

 

TIL The ATMs in the Vatican City are the only ones in the world to offer Latin as a language display option    https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/5vcd2h/til_the_atms_in_the_vatican_city_are_the_only/

 

TIL ‘Goodbye’ is a contraction of the phrase ‘God be with you’, originating in 1580.    https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3y0khh/til_goodbye_is_a_contraction_of_the_phrase_god_be/