History

What Is The Oldest Word In The World?

What Is The Oldest Word In The World?

Which words were the first to be written and spoken? We dive into the history of ancient language and what remains to this day.
5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Cinco De Mayo

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Cinco De Mayo

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not ‘Mexico’s Independence Day.’ There’s also more to this holiday than margaritas (but we can’t blame you for wanting one anyway).
True Or False: Can You Separate Fact From Fiction When It Comes To Russia?

True Or False: Can You Separate Fact From Fiction When It Comes To Russia?

Untrue stereotype, or little-known fact? See if you can guess correctly when it comes to these five little factoids about Russia.
Cracking The Secrets Of A Lost Language (Or Not)

Cracking The Secrets Of A Lost Language (Or Not)

New technologies may be able to decipher the Voynich manuscript, a strange book that has baffled researchers for decades.
If You Speak Russian, Can You Understand Ukrainian?

If You Speak Russian, Can You Understand Ukrainian?

How Similar Are Russian And Ukrainian? If I put hundreds of hours into learning Russian, will it pay off in other Slavic languages like Ukrainian? Please?
How American English Grew Its Wings

How American English Grew Its Wings

When did American English become distinct from British English? A brief chronology.
How To Compliment Someone’s Mustache In 13 Different Languages

How To Compliment Someone’s Mustache In 13 Different Languages

Your Movember guide to must-know mustache history around the world. Plus: a handy translation guide to help you destroy cross-cultural barriers and say nice things about facial hair.
What Was, And What Is: Native American Languages In The US

What Was, And What Is: Native American Languages In The US

Indigenous languages once flourished in the United States. Now, they continue to account for a large portion of the nation’s linguistic diversity.
The Tale Of The Polyglot Pope

The Tale Of The Polyglot Pope

When you’re the pope, multilingualism comes with the job requirements.
8 Times Foreign Languages Were Considered Dangerous in the US

8 Times Foreign Languages Were Considered Dangerous in the US

There’s nothing new about xenophobia in the United States. Interestingly enough, foreign language bans have historically been part of the package deal.
6 Lost Languages And Scripts That Have Not Yet Been Deciphered

6 Lost Languages And Scripts That Have Not Yet Been Deciphered

What languages did our ancestors speak and what symbols did they write that scholars and researchers have yet to decipher? Are these unsolvable mysteries or will modern scientific and statistical methods provide information about vanished civilizations and cultures?
10 Insults From The Past That Deserve A Comeback: English for Time Travelers

10 Insults From The Past That Deserve A Comeback: English for Time Travelers

What rude words, insults and phrases might you hear on your trip through time? Here are some of our favorite and most interesting put-downs of yesteryear.
What Languages Existed Before Colonization In America, And Which Languages Still Survive?

What Languages Existed Before Colonization In America, And Which Languages Still Survive?

Let’s retrace the steps of colonization in the Americas to learn how European languages spread, which American languages survived and whether these languages influenced European tongues.
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.