RSA has rolled out its latest animated video, and it’s a good one. This time we have Steven Pinker, the famed Harvard linguist and cognitive scientist, trying to make sense of innuendo. Why do we often say things in veiled terms, especially when everyone knows what’s really being said? Pinker breaks it all down, and explains how language provides the grease that lubricates everyday social relationships.

This clip is an excerpt from a longer lecture presented at the Royal Society of the Arts in London. Watch the full talk here, and scroll through previous RSA Animated videos right here.

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