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The science of being 'nice': how politeness is different from compassion

http://theconversation.com/the-science-of-being-nice-how-politeness-is-different-from-compassion-81819

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The science of being 'nice': how politeness is different from compassion
The word "nice" has an unusual history in the English language. Originally a term for "foolish", its meaning over the centuries has morphed from "wanton" to "reserved" to "fastidious". These days, it has become a somewhat bland and opaque description of personality: "she's really nice."

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