Language Evolves, but Kinship Words Like "Uncle" and "Grandchild" are Surprisingly Durable

Why certain terms having to do with the basics of life are less prone to linguistic change than others.

November 23, 2016 | Philologos
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Azerbaijani Jews play play dominoes at the Aqsaqal club in Qrmz Qsb on September 28, 2016. Oleksandr Rupeta/NurPhoto via Getty Images.

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