History

A Cultural History Of Pie

A Cultural History Of Pie

As ever, the battle between sweet and savory pies rages on.
How To Answer The Phone In Different Languages

How To Answer The Phone In Different Languages

Saying “Hello?” when answering the phone is pretty much an automatic reflex, but where did this convention actually come from?
All In The Language Family: A Guide To The Language Families Of The World

All In The Language Family: A Guide To The Language Families Of The World

It turns out, there are a few similarities between a language family and a regular family.
The Top 10 Translation Fails Of Historic Proportions

The Top 10 Translation Fails Of Historic Proportions

These mistranslation mishaps are a blast from the past!
Why Do We Use Capital Letters?

Why Do We Use Capital Letters?

You could say that uppercase letters were…a capital idea.
11 Common English Words And Phrases With Racist Origins

11 Common English Words And Phrases With Racist Origins

Chances are, you’ve used at least one of these in casual conversation without knowing its problematic past.
Quiz: Do You Know About The Official Languages Of The World?

Quiz: Do You Know About The Official Languages Of The World?

You’ve probably heard about official languages before, but do you really know about them?
Taboo Words And Why We Use Them

Taboo Words And Why We Use Them

Whether you know it or not, your vocabulary is filled with taboo-avoiding words and phrases.
All In The Language Family: The Altaic Languages

All In The Language Family: The Altaic Languages

Are the Altaic languages all part of one big language family? It’s complicated.
A Cultural History Of The Taco

A Cultural History Of The Taco

Tacos as the ideal food format: discuss.
Languages Have Families, Too: A Look At The Indo-European Language Family

Languages Have Families, Too: A Look At The Indo-European Language Family

Did you know that almost every language spoken between Iceland and India has the same origin? That’s the Indo-European language family. Let’s take a look at this extremely diverse collection of related languages.
9 Elizabethan Words To Bring Back: English For Time Travelers

9 Elizabethan Words To Bring Back: English For Time Travelers

What new (or, to be exact, old) words and phrases would you hear if you traveled back to 16th century Tudor England? And what would they mean?
Do Sleeping People Really Go Zzz?

Do Sleeping People Really Go Zzz?

Turns out, sleep sounds are where comics and linguistics collide.
The Secret Language Of Calendar Months

The Secret Language Of Calendar Months

Believe it or not, the month of May was not purposely named for its ability to set us up for annual Star Wars and Justin Timberlake puns.