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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?
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?