English Words

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?
The Best Of American Regional Slang

The Best Of American Regional Slang

The internet may be homogenizing the way we speak, but for now, we’ve still got ‘yinz’ and ‘jawn.’
How American English Grew Its Wings

How American English Grew Its Wings

When did American English become distinct from British English? A brief chronology.
7 Modern Expressions That Date Back To Ancient History

7 Modern Expressions That Date Back To Ancient History

These words and phrases may seem ordinary, but a closer look reveals their ancient (and sometimes bizarre) origins.
21 Essential Australian Expressions

21 Essential Australian Expressions

From bogans to brollies, here are the best Australian expressions, so you’ll never be lost for words Down Under.
Scottish Phrases The World Should Be Using

Scottish Phrases The World Should Be Using

If you thought the Scottish accent was the only stumbling block in the northern land of rolling hills and misty mountains, think again! Scotland has a rich vocabulary of its own, including many wonderful phrases waiting to be spread across the globe.