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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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18 Latin Phrases That Will Make You Sound Smarter

After all, omnia dicta fortiora si dicta Latina.

10 Beautiful Words That Should Make a Comeback

Listen up, language lovers. Increase your vocabulary with these pretty words that roll off the tongue.

10 French Phrases Everyone in the World Should Know

Whether you live in Paris, France, or Paris, Texas, these are the French phrases that, according to Jeannette DeJong, senior...

Slang Words No One Outside Your State Will Understand

These words will leave your out-of-state friends scratching their heads.

The Origins of 14 Commonly Used Phrases

You use these idioms all the time, but did you ever think about where they came from?

24 Things You’ve Been Saying Wrong This Whole Time

It's hard to remember those confusing grammar rules you learned all the way back in grade school. So we rounded...

These 10 Words Don’t Mean Anything Close to What They Look Like

Think twice before you use words like “lackaday” or “nonplussed”—they may mean something quite different than what you’d assume.

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Royal Wedding Lingo You Need to Know Before the Big Day

While the world awaits the royal nuptials of the U.K.'s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, engage yourself in our list...

Every Word Coined the Year You Were Born

Language is constantly evolving, and the dictionary is right on top of that. Even better, Merriam-Webster has created Time Traveler,...

15 Quirky British Terms for Common Home Improvement Items

Have you ever built a breeze block wall or used a Stillson's wrench? Check out what British DIYers call their...

10 Sneakily Similar Word Pairs Even Good Spellers Screw Up

You'll never confuse "prescribe" and "proscribe" again.

10 Phrases That Make You Sound Like a CEO

Step up your work presence by decoding these common business phrases CEOs and other higher-ups like to use.

10 Strict Grammar Rules It’s Probably Safe to Ignore

Grammar freaks often freak out about “broken rules.” But most of these examples are simply indicators of a living language...

The World’s Longest Place Name Has 85 Letters

We dare you to try to pronounce it.

11 Words That Capture Feelings You Didn’t Even Know You Had

Can't stand to watch others embarrass themselves? There's a word for that!

Here Is the CORRECT Way to Pronounce Dr. Seuss (and 17 Other Popular Author Names)

Most people mispronounce Dr. Seuss (hint: it doesn't rhyme with moose). Learn the correct way to say his name, plus...

9 Hidden Symbols You Never Knew You Could Text

Whether you go for Apple or Android, every grammar nerd will love these tricks that finally perfect your punctuation.

This Common “Mispronunciation” Actually Dates Back to Old English

In fact, the "father of English literature" pronounced it this way.

This Is Why We Use %[email protected]#! to Represent Curse Words

You know exactly what those random symbols mean, but they weren't always used to hide offensive language.

The Most Common E-mail Mistakes Made in 2017

Make error-free writing a New Year's Resolution for 2018!

This Simple Word Is One of the Hardest to Translate in Any Language

Who knew that such a common word could cause so many inconveniences?

This Article Has Been Cited 400 Times—but It Doesn’t Exist

A professor spotted a fake article in a citation example—and realized almost 400 journals and conference papers used it as...

These Are the 10 Most Searched New “Words,” According to

You might be scratching your head about what "smize" is, but you're definitely not the only one. Here, your modern...

Here’s How “Bucks” Became Another Word for “Dollars”

Hint: This is quite the mystery, my deer.