An Introduction To Etymology: Eight Great Word Origins
What is etymology, and why is it important? Join us on an excursion into the world of eight common words’ delightfully convoluted backstories.
Taboo Words And Why We Use Them
Whether you know it or not, your vocabulary is filled with taboo-avoiding words and phrases.
Why Do We Say Wow?
The word might sound modern, but “wow” goes back hundreds if not thousands of years.
What’s The Meaning Of ‘Feminism’?
Feminism’s been in the news a lot in the past few years, from the Women’s March to the watershed #MeToo movement. But what does the word “feminism” really mean?
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?
139 Old Norse Words That Invaded The English Language
Without the Vikings, English would be missing some pretty awesome words like berserk, ugly, muck, skull, knife, die and cake!
7 Words And Expressions About The Moon From Around The World
We can’t think any better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing than with 7 moon words and phrases from around the globe.
10 Fruit Names And Where They Come From
Turns out, people used to call a lot of different things “apples.”
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?
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.
Star Words: Language Trivia From A Galaxy Far, Far Away
The earthbound origins of the names, cultures and languages in the Star Wars universe.
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.