“Canola” in Canola Oil Has Been an Acronym This Whole Time
We would have never guessed what it stands for.
We Bet You Can’t Rhyme These 10 Words
You'll have to invent new words if you want to rhyme "orange"—or any of these.
Here’s the Surprising History Behind Why the Alphabet Is in the Order That It’s In
And where did the catchy song come from?
This One Word, Repeated 8 Times, Forms a Sentence—and It’s Grammatically Correct
Hint: The word is the name of an animal.
A Student Just Debunked the Most Famous Grammar Rule of All Time
Repeat after us: "I before E, except after W"
This Weird Grammar Rule Is Why We Say “Flip Flop” Instead of “Flop Flip”
You've known this English rule your entire life—and never heard of it before now.
Why Grammar Nerds Hate it When You Say ‘I’m Nauseous’
This old English argument will make you sick to your stomach.
You’ll Never Guess What Amazon Was Almost Called—and Why They Had to Change the Name
Before Amazon became the world's largest online shopping site, there were several different contenders for names—and if you type some...
The Origin of the Word “Avocado” Is About to Make You Really Uncomfortable
You'll never look at an avocado the same way again.
The Surprisingly Simple Reason We Say ‘Hello’ When We Answer the Phone
Thank Thomas Edison for this uniform phone greeting. If Alexander Graham Bell had his way, we'd all talking like pirates.
Why Do We Call ‘Shotgun’ to Save the Front Passenger Seat?
Yes, it does have something to do with actual shotguns.
Quiz: So You Think You’re a Crossword Puzzle Expert? Prove It!
Test your knowledge of these words from the 2016 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.
We Corrected the Grammar of 10 Classic Songs—And Made Them Way Worse
Actually, Janis, I think you mean, "Bobby McGee and I."
9 Buzzwords People Love to Hate and Their Fascinating Origins
These irritatingly overused buzzwords didn't appear yesterday. Many have been around years (or decades!) longer than you might suspect.
“Discreet” vs. “Discrete”: What’s the Difference?
Sound smarter by knowing when to use discreet vs. discrete. These handy tips will help you keep them straight!