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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?
The Down Under Pocketbook: 15 Aussie Phrases And Their Hilarious Translations

The Down Under Pocketbook: 15 Aussie Phrases And Their Hilarious Translations

Australians have a language all their own. Whether you’re simply trying to decode your colleague’s funny phrases or preparing for your next big Aussie trip, this guide will help.
10 Of The Most Wonderful Winter Words

10 Of The Most Wonderful Winter Words

Does the weather have you feeling down and stuck at home with nothing to do? Check out this list of festive words to get you out of that winter slump!
Jargon Watch: Weed Users And The Language Of The Cannabis Industry

Jargon Watch: Weed Users And The Language Of The Cannabis Industry

Whether celebrating 4/20 or describing product quality, weed slang is an iconic part of the growing cannabis industry. Here’s a guide to pot jargon, from bongwater to roach.
2018 Words Of The Year From Around The World

2018 Words Of The Year From Around The World

From ‘toxic’ to ‘disaster,’ dictionaries and other groups around the world chose some pretty grim words of the year for 2018.
Professional Captioners Reveal The Mispronounced Words Of 2018

Professional Captioners Reveal The Mispronounced Words Of 2018

From “Jamal Khashoggi” to “specific,” here are the words and names people struggled to pronounce correctly this year in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.
Wyngz And Things: The Highly Specific Language Of Food Labels

Wyngz And Things: The Highly Specific Language Of Food Labels

You spend a lot of your life reading the language of food labels, but how many of these terms do you understand?
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.