Writing & Editing The one word everyone understands Perhaps it’s poetic that the one word understood universally is also one that indicates a lack of understanding: “Huh.” By Kevin Allen@kevin_j_allenNov. 13, 2013 SHARE Ragan Insider Premium Content They’re basing this on a study of 10 languages on five continents: Dutch, Icelandic, Mandarin Chinese, the West African Siwu and the Australian aboriginal Murrinh-Patha. From PLOS One: To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.