“How did it start out, having a word for water?”
“Not all people fall under one of two categories for sex or gender."
Of all the word’s meanings, the oldest on record is one that appears in only the most comprehensive dictionaries: pink used to be yellow. Or rather, pink used to be the name of a murky yellow-green color
In real life, making recognizable words requires precise coordination of many body parts. In this simulation, just getting vowels out is a huge (and somewhat hilarious) accomplishment.
A new algorithm can tell if you’re single or not based on your online behavior, and it's identifying Trump as a single person.
St. Patrick's day is upon us and, if you plan on stopping by your local pub, you should know how to say that you've "had a few too many" like any native of the Emerald Isle would.
The internet and US isolationism could change the way the world talks.
A Maine court ruling in a case about overtime pay and dairy delivery didn’t come down to trucks, milk, or money. Instead, it hinged on one missing comma.
In an excerpt from her new book, Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper describes how she fell in love with words and offers a peek into the complex process of making dictionaries.
To understand the essence of Guy Fieri, you have to speak his language. We breakdown the catchphrases and rhyme schemes of this Food Network legend.
Welcome to What We Learned This Week, a digest of the most curiously important facts from the past few days. This week: Why the label of "smart" is dumb, David Letterman grew a beard and it's not easy to be the former world's heaviest man.
Why do we depend on the same tired metaphor to describe ominous, foreboding, dysfunctional design?
There is one major difference between the world we live in and language: Whereas the real world is free of contradictions, the man-made linguistic descriptions of that world can have contradictions.
What does it mean for the American presidency itself to become a fake out?
Are you a lumper or a splitter? By the time you finish this story, you’ll have to choose — or face ornithological scorn.
Experts say awareness and practice are the keys to stop using interjections that can make you seem nervous or unintelligent.
If one defines a "good anagram" by how many how many chunks one word had to be cut into in order to rearrange it to make the other word, there's a clear winner.
"We’re not only looking for writing skill, but also creativity in your pitch," they said.
Old English did not involve adding an "e" to the end of words, like "ye olde shoppe." It was basically an entirely different language.
Whalers wrote about woggins all the time, but no one today knew what they were. To crack the mystery, experts used clues from centuries-old shipping logs, magazines, and school notebooks.
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