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April 09, 2020 - Science Focus

Four animal 'facts' that are completely wrong

Four animal 'facts' that are completely wrong
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1. Dogs say woof – wrong!

It’s one of the first things we teach our kids. Cats say miaow, dogs go woof, and horses (unaccountably in my experience) say neigh. This is nursery-level stuff. At least, it’s one of the first things that English speakers learn.

But animals make very different noises according to other languages. That’s not to say that the animals themselves grunt and squeak with regional accents. Rather, people with different linguistic traditions have found different ways to represent the noises that come from their pets and livestock.

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