Processed foods get blamed for a lot of things. But this week, a group of linguists took it to a whole new level.
To put it crudely, they argue that the invention of processed foods like yogurt and gruel thousands of years ago gave us the F-word. Lots of F-words. To be more precise, the researchers think that softer foods led to more frequent use of the sounds "f" and "v" in human languages. (Other experts on language are skeptical; more about that later.)
According to the new theory, food influenced language through a complex chain of events.