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The Origins Of 10 Space Terms That Are Out Of This World

The Origins Of 10 Space Terms That Are Out Of This World

Words like “nebula,” “galaxy” and “cosmos” can summon up lots of romantic images of space exploration, but where did these terms come from in the first place?
A Cultural History Of Tomatoes

A Cultural History Of Tomatoes

You say tomato, I say tomato. Have I made this joke before?
111 English Words That Are Actually Spanish

111 English Words That Are Actually Spanish

Spanish and English have been trading vocabulary (and culture) for centuries. Here are just some of the Spanish words in English that you use all the time.
How J.R.R. Tolkien Created Fantastic Worlds With Language

How J.R.R. Tolkien Created Fantastic Worlds With Language

J.R.R. Tolkien’s life was deeply intertwined with constructed languages and the worlds he made with them.
How Does Morse Code Work In Other Languages?

How Does Morse Code Work In Other Languages?

•••• • •-•• •-•• — -•-•– If you didn’t understand that, there’s definitely something you can learn about Morse Code here.
The Etymology Of American State Names: All 50 Explained

The Etymology Of American State Names: All 50 Explained

If you don’t know what to call your new state, naming it after a mountain or river seems to be a safe bet.
Multilinguish Episode 4: Unsolved Language Mysteries

Multilinguish Episode 4: Unsolved Language Mysteries

Everyone loves a good mystery. In this episode of our podcast, we explore unsolved language mysteries that have stood the test of time.
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?
What Is Afrikaans, And Where Is It Spoken?

What Is Afrikaans, And Where Is It Spoken?

Afrikaans is more than meets the eye. Grab your reading glasses and join us on this journey to explore one of South Africa’s 11 official languages.
How Do We Measure The Oldest Language In The World?

How Do We Measure The Oldest Language In The World?

Yes, you can map languages and their histories in the branches of family trees. But finding the oldest language in the world isn’t as simple as counting rings.
Navajo Code Talkers: Using Indigenous Language As A Secret Cipher

Navajo Code Talkers: Using Indigenous Language As A Secret Cipher

How Native Americans turned their first languages into crucial forms of communication in both world wars.
The Influence Of Arabic On The Spanish Language

The Influence Of Arabic On The Spanish Language

Modern Spanish has more than 4,000 words of Arabic origin. How did this happen and what does it mean for learning Spanish today?
The Story Of English, In Its Own Words

The Story Of English, In Its Own Words

Ever ask yourself why people from Newcastle sound suspiciously Scandinavian? Or maybe why English has so many cognates with other languages? If you’re wondering how the unruly English language took shape, read on!
The Secret Language Of Weekdays

The Secret Language Of Weekdays

Ever wonder why it’s called Tuesday? The origins of our modern weekday names go way back to ancient times.