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Jargon Watch: The Language Of Astrology

Jargon Watch: The Language Of Astrology

Conjunction schmunction, what’s your planetary function?
Why Does The English Alphabet Lack Accent Marks?

Why Does The English Alphabet Lack Accent Marks?

It’s not like we couldn’t benefit from them, considering how counterintuitive English spelling can be.
10 Fruit Names And Where They Come From

10 Fruit Names And Where They Come From

Turns out, people used to call a lot of different things “apples.”
English As An International Universal Language

English As An International Universal Language

Don’t be surprised if in the world’s nooks, crannies and corners you find that little language called English.
The Hardest Spelling Bee Words Tend To Have This Thing In Common

The Hardest Spelling Bee Words Tend To Have This Thing In Common

The English language has borrowed a lot from other languages, and as it turns out, some root languages present trickier spelling conundrums than others.
Eponyms Everywhere: 8 English Words That Came From Names

Eponyms Everywhere: 8 English Words That Came From Names

When you boycott a business or play the saxophone, you’re putting eponyms to use! Here are 8 common words that derive from people’s names.
What ‘Is A Hot Dog A Sandwich?’ Can Teach Us About Language

What ‘Is A Hot Dog A Sandwich?’ Can Teach Us About Language

Have you been asked, ‘Is a hot dog a sandwich?’ Before you laugh it off, we’ll tell you why that silly question actually poses an interesting problem.
The Rise Of Y’all And The Quest For A Second-Person Plural Pronoun

The Rise Of Y’all And The Quest For A Second-Person Plural Pronoun

While traditionally associated with southern American dialects, “y’all” isn’t confined to a singular geographic region.
Does Every Country Say ‘Sorry’ As Much As Americans Do?

Does Every Country Say ‘Sorry’ As Much As Americans Do?

Learning to say “sorry” in other languages is useful, but what you also need to know is when it’s appropriate to say “sorry” in different cultures.
Where Did OK Come From, And Why Is It So Ubiquitous?

Where Did OK Come From, And Why Is It So Ubiquitous?

You probably use OK every day, but do you know what it stands for?
Jargon Watch: The Secret World Of Medical Slang

Jargon Watch: The Secret World Of Medical Slang

Or, how to tell what doctors and nurses really think of you … and each other.
How Learning A New Language Can Help You Learn About Your Native Tongue

How Learning A New Language Can Help You Learn About Your Native Tongue

It may sound counterintuitive, but one of the best ways to understand your native tongue better is by learning an entirely new language.
Where Do All The Color Names Come From?

Where Do All The Color Names Come From?

Which came first, orange the fruit or orange the color?