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Ever gotten called out for the difference between you’re and your? We’ve all been there–and we don’t ever want to go back. These insightful and interesting grammar articles will turn you into a word whiz quicker than you can blame autocorrect for your grammar faux pas.

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Why Do We Say the “Dog Days of Summer”?

Dogs are man's best friend and adorable, but what do they have to do with summer?

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80 Acronym Examples You Should Know

Acronyms make communication easier, but who can keep track of what they mean? We can, and now you can too...


35 Text Abbreviations You Should Know (and How to Use Them)

Knowing the meaning of these terms will keep anyone with a phone, social media, or even just web access from...


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What Does ICYMI Mean?

You’ve likely seen it in your inbox or in your Twitter feed, but what does ICYMI mean?


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What Does FWIW Mean?

This unusual-looking abbreviation will never slow you down again.

What Does “P.S.” Stand For?

When we add an afterthought to the end of our letters or emails, why do we preface it with these...


What Does Wi-Fi Stand For?

Hint: It's not "wireless fidelity."


25 New Words Added to the Dictionary for 2021

Word nerds, unite! Merriam-Webster added more than 500 definitions to the dictionary this year. Which one is your favorite?


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18 Portmanteau Words You Never Thought Of

Love going out for brunch, staying at motels, or playing Pokémon? We bet you didn't know that all these words...


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Equality vs. Equity: What’s the Difference?

Maybe you've interchanged the words "equity" and "equality" in conversation—but they don't, in fact, mean the same thing.


What Is “Doomscrolling”—And How to Stop the Cycle

Up late reading bad news on your phone again? Here's how to stop the unhealthy habit of doomscrolling.


Yes, There’s Actually a Difference Between the Terms “Dinner” and “Supper...

If your grandparents or parents used the term "supper," there's a good chance your ancestors were farmers.


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Here’s How Words Get Removed from the Dictionary

The dictionary isn’t forever. Here’s the lowdown on what happens to a word when its popularity starts to wane.


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“Bald-Faced” or “Bold-Faced”: Which Is Correct?

These expressions are both used to describe a blatant lie—but are they interchangeable, or is only one of them correct?

12 Funniest New Words Added to the Dictionary in 2020

From puggle to nothingburger, these are the silliest words that were made official this past year.


12 Everyday Expressions You Didn’t Realize Were Sexist

Words are only one of the many tools the patriarchy uses to keep women down.


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Why Do We Say “Piqued My Interest”?

The word "piqued" has more meanings than you might think!


“Everyday” vs. “Every Day”: Here’s When to Use Each

"Every day" and "everyday" are easily confused because they deal with the same concepts. But there are some key differences...


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Among vs. Between: What’s the Difference?

What's a small grammatical difference among friends! Or is it something different when it's between friends?


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Sneaked vs. Snuck: Which Is Correct?

What's the one thing that's more sneaky than a teenager, loophole, and a surprise fine combined? The difference between sneaked...


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Passed vs Past: What’s the Difference?

Leave this common word mix-up in your past!


All of a Sudden vs. All of the Sudden: Which Is Correct?

You've been using the phrase "all of a sudden" with confidence. Now "all of the sudden," it's not so clear...

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Farther vs. Further: What’s the Difference?

How far would you go to figure out the difference between further and farther? Look no further—we've got your answer.


Systemic vs. Systematic: What’s the Difference?

Here's the difference between these two words that are often used interchangeably even though they have different meanings.


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Where Does the Phrase “Draw a Blank” Come From?

I can't remember what I was going to say, so why does that "draw a blank?"


15 Slang Words You Didn’t Know Were in the Dictionary

English is an ever-evolving language, so as words make their way into the mainstream, they also make it into the...


Why the Dictionary Used to Include a Word That Never Existed

Unfortunately, the word "dord" isn't a synonym for "density."


13 Words from the First Dictionary That No Longer Exist

Don't let these obscure words fade away!