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8 Super Weird Conversation Facts to Get You Talking
We’re born to talk. It might sound strange to say, but from the time we’re born, our brains are hard-wired to learn language. Science says babies actually start picking up dialects before they’re even out of the womb. (And they even cry in different languages, depending on what their parents speak!) Talking is a great big part of being a human, and today we’ve put together a list of some of the most interesting facts about it. (These are sure to get you talking!)
8 Strange-But-True Facts About Talking
- Talking requires the use of dozens of muscles in the lips, throat, and tongue, but speaking in a normal tone is no more tiring than sitting in silence.
- Dr. Nicholas Emler, a British psychologist, has argued that up to 80% of average conversations consist of gossip. He claims that gossiping is an essential part of our humanity.
- Research shows that most individuals spend 60% of their conversation time talking about themselves. This number jumps to 80% while conversing on social media.
- The word glossolalia refers to the sudden ability to speak in a previously unknown language. It is described as a spiritual gift in the Bible.
- Children naturally learn to speak the language they grow up around, whether they are explicitly taught or not.
- British people spend a lot of time talking about the weather. In a recent poll, 94% of British people admitted to having a conversation about the weather in the previous six hours.
- Many people pace while talking on the phone. Psychologists believe this may be a sort of coping mechanism to make up for lack of body language and non-verbal cues that normally accompany conversation.
- Famous stutterers from history include Moses, Greek orator Demosthenes, Friedrich Nietzsche, King George VI of England, Winston Churchill, and Marilyn Monroe.
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