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Did Cooking Really Give Us The F-Word? : The Salt : NPR

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Mar 14, 2019 2:08 PM 1+ mon ago

Cooking Gave Us F-Word?

A biomechanical model of producing an "f" sound with an overbite (left) compared with an edge-to-edge bite (right). Some linguists are arguing that the advent of softer food thousands of years ago led to changes in biting patterns and, eventually, to more frequent use of sounds like "f" and "v" in human languages. Scott Moisik hide caption

To put it crudely, they argue that the invention of processed foods like yogurt and gruel thousands of years ago gave us the F-word. Lots of F-words. To be more precise, the researchers think that softer foods led to more frequent use of the sounds "f" and "v" in human languages. (Other experts on language are skeptical; more about that later.)

First came agriculture and early forms of food processing like fermentation, which delivered meals that were easier to chew. No longer were ...

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npr.org     1+ mon ago

A biomechanical model of producing an "f" sound with an overbite (left) compared with an edge-to-edge bite (right). Some linguists are arguing that the advent of softer food thousa...

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