While visiting the Gs over the weekend, I nicked Bill Bryson’s Mother Tongue, a book I’ve been wanting to read for some time, from their shelves. I only started reading it late yesterday afternoon, but I’m already bursting with nerd-tastic trivia about the evolution of language. My favorite bit so far: What makes humans uniquely able to talk is also what makes us uniquely able to choke on food. His explanation:

[T]he slight evolutionary change that pushed [Cro-Magnon] man’s larynx deeper into his throat, and thus made choking a possibility, also brought with it the possibility of sophisticated, well-articulated speech.

I’m sure there’s all kinds of ironies to be found in this, but I’m tired and busy right now…

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