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The Fascinating Origins of 12 Beautiful Flower Names
With spring in bloom, let’s stop and smell the etymological roses.... READ ON
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The Multi-Faceted Origins of 12 Birthstone Names
Their etymologies, unearthed.... READ ON
14 Shrewd 'Scrabble' Facts
Advice from the pros? Learn all the two-letter words.... READ ON
22 Two-Letter Words to Boost Your Scrabble Score
Among competitive 'Scrabble' players, two-letter words can be a crafty means of boosting your score.... READ ON
10 Words That Will Win You Any Game of Scrabble
Mind your Zs and Qs. And know your anti-inflammatories.... READ ON
15 Regional Words for Vomiting
Use these the next time you need to pray to the porcelain god.... READ ON
15 Old Words for the Duplicitous That We Should Bring Back
Consider reviving these words the next time you encounter anyone twistical.... READ ON
English Doesn’t Have a Word for This Color, but Japanese Does
While we might call it "light blue" or "sky blue," in Japan, "mizu" is considered a totally unique color.... READ ON
'Grammar Vigilante' Is Correcting Street Signs, One Apostrophe at a Time
It would be "more of a crime" to leave incorrect punctuation standing, the man told a reporter.... READ ON
14 Secret Words for Conspiracies
Conspiracy theories are everywhere these days. Here are a few old words you can use to describe them while adjusting your tinfoil hat.... READ ON
14 Ways of Saying "Drunk" Across the United States
Three sheets to the wind, seeing double, and tanked are just the beginning.... READ ON
24 New Entries to Dictionary of Canadianisms
Canadian English enthusiasts rejoice! For the first time since 1967, A Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles has gotten a major update.... READ ON
Big Question
Do Any Languages Besides English Have Homophones?
Sound-alike words are a worldwide source of confusion.... READ ON
5 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of How the Dictionary is Made
'Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries' is a captivating inside look at the job of dictionary making from both a personal and historical angle.... READ ON

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