The First Universal Word Is... Huh?

Scientists believe "huh" is used and understood in most languages around the world, and shares a common meaning of confusion. But isn't it more of an exclamation, or a noise, rather than a word? Linguists consider "huh?" a word for a few reasons. One reason is that it has no counterpart in the animal kingdom. Another widely understood word is "okay."

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. The word "huh" is found in languages all over the world. 00:47

  2. Though people have tried to create them, no universal language has ever been adopted. 01:17

  3. The word "okay" is understood in most places worldwide. 02:00

Written by Curiosity Staff October 7, 2015