The First Universal Word Is... Huh?

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

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    The word "huh" is found in languages all over the world. (0:47)

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    Though people have tried to create them, no universal language has ever been adopted. (1:17)

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    The word "okay" is understood in most places worldwide. (2:00)

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