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What's the Difference Between "Jr." and "II"?
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7 Très Interesting Facts about Canadian French
Most Americans don’t need to fly across an ocean to immerse themselves in the French language. There are millions of French speakers just to our north in Canada.... READ ON
Here's How Far You'd Have to Go Back For English to Stop Making Sense
A thousand years ago, English might as well have been a different language.... READ ON
15 Words With Origins So Obvious You Never Noticed Them
The origins of these words are hiding right under your nose.... READ ON
14 Terms of Affection from Across the U.S.
Looking for a way to spice up your love language? Snuggle up with these 14 idioms, slang terms, and sayings from the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) on how to get it on all over the United States.... READ ON
Would You Have Passed This 1920s Pronunciation Test?
"Penelope Cholmondely raised her azure eyes from the crabbed scenario" is just the beginning.... READ ON
30 Little-Used Loanwords To Add Some Je Ne Sais Quoi To Your Vocabulary
30 of the New Words Added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary
'Binge-watch,' 'humblebrag,' and 'Seussian' were all included in the more than 1000 new entries.... READ ON
Big Question
How Were Hieroglyphics Deciphered?
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13 Ways to Say You're "Mad as Hell" Across the U.S.
These regional idioms—from the Big Easy and New England to the Appalachians and Hawaii—will help you liven up your livid language.... READ ON
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How a Deaf Signer Performs the Super Bowl Anthem in Time With the Singer
Comedian John Maucere describes what it was like to sign the anthem at the 2013 Super Bowl alongside Alicia Keys.... READ ON
6 French and German Dialects That Are 100 Percent American (And What They Sound Like)
The history of the United States is multilingual, and many non-English speaking communities have managed to maintain their languages, sometimes for hundreds of years. These dialects of French and German that go back a long way.... READ ON
A Linguistics Museum Is Coming to Washington D.C.
Planet Word will be open to visitors of all ages and language backgrounds.... READ ON
10 Backwards Words That Ended Up In The Dictionary
From allerednic to yob, these ananyms and semi-ananyms have backed their way into the dictionary.... READ ON
This Tiny Wearable Disk Archives 1000 Languages for 10,000 Years
Free from any digital degradation, the disk will allow people thousands of years from now to learn about "ancient" languages.... READ ON

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