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What’s The Most Difficult Word In The World To Pronounce?

What’s The Most Difficult Word In The World To Pronounce?

Whether you think it’s ‘rural’ or ‘fünfhundertfünfundfünfzig,’ the most difficult word to pronounce is mostly relative to where you’re sitting.
How A Tweet Becomes A Word

How A Tweet Becomes A Word

How do made-up words become official words that are recognized in the dictionary? Perhaps ‘covfefe’ won’t ever make the cut, but ‘doggo’ may be well on its way.
The 9 Weirdest Things About The English Language

The 9 Weirdest Things About The English Language

I before e, except for in a bunch of random words that don’t rhyme with “neighbor” or “weigh.” English is hard. Let’s discuss.
Jargon Watch: Lawyers And The Language Of The Courtroom

Jargon Watch: Lawyers And The Language Of The Courtroom

A brief guide to legal jargon, from habeas corpus to hung jury.
Owning Language: The Weird World Of Trademarking Words

Owning Language: The Weird World Of Trademarking Words

We’re surrounded by words and phrases that have been copyrighted, from company names to catchphrases. But what does it mean to actually own a piece of language?
What Is The Ugliest Word In The World?

What Is The Ugliest Word In The World?

Is it “moist”? Is it “pulchritude”? We’ll try to identify the ugliest word in the world, and probably fail. But it’ll be fun regardless.
What Is The Most Beautiful Word In The World?

What Is The Most Beautiful Word In The World?

Is it ‘cellar door’? Or ‘nakakapagpabagabag’? Who decides what’s beautiful, anyway?
Jargon Watch: Pilot Lingo And The Language Of The Sky

Jargon Watch: Pilot Lingo And The Language Of The Sky

A brief guide to how pilots talk, from Alpha to Zulu.
Verbal Hygiene: How People Can Change The Way We Talk

Verbal Hygiene: How People Can Change The Way We Talk

Stop trying to make fetch happen, it’s not going to happen. Or could it?
Does Everyone Laugh The Same Way?

Does Everyone Laugh The Same Way?

Laughter seems like an involuntary expression, but it’s actually shaped by many different forces.
11 English Words With Strange and Surprising Origins

11 English Words With Strange and Surprising Origins

Ever wonder why it’s called a ‘seersucker suit’ or where the word ‘avocado’ comes from? Read on for these answers and more.
Jargon Watch: Diner Lingo And The Language Of Food

Jargon Watch: Diner Lingo And The Language Of Food

Do you know the difference between moo juice and city juice? Find out all about the history of diner lingo.
What Is The Longest Word In The World?

What Is The Longest Word In The World?

Hope you don’t have hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (fear of long words).
Foreign Words Added To The Dictionary In 2017

Foreign Words Added To The Dictionary In 2017

From ‘arancini’ to ‘sriracha,’ did your favorite borrowed word make it into the dictionary this year?