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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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Who Exactly Is Geronimo—and Why Do We Say His Name When We Jump Off Stuff?

“Aubrey” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

The Real Reason No Words Have the Same Letter Three Times in a Row

Some baaad news for people that like to drag out their syllables

9 Great Words You Never Knew Were Gaelic

More than 1.3 million Irish citizens still speak Gaelic—and whether you know it or not, you do too! Here are...

Shakespeare’s Longest Word Is a Whopping 27-Letters Long

Good luck finding an actor who can pronounce this.

Finally! Here’s the Truth About Whether It’s “Duct Tape” or “Duck Tape...

Warning: it's not as simple as you think. In fact, it might be enough to scramble your brain.

This Spelling Test from 1974 Will Drive You Insane

Demons are real. And they write spelling tests.

20 Wine Terms True Wine Lovers Should Know How to Use

If you're over the age of 21, it's time to start trading up from terms like kegger and beer pong....

The Clever Way Dictionary Editors Prank Each Other

Don’t believe every definition you read.

“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.

A CIA Agent’s Humorous Secret Guide to Government Phrases

You might not believe the origins of this government lingo.

10 Surprising Words Added to the Dictionary This Year

Do you wear fast fashion and hate humblebragging? Those terms didn't exist just a year ago—until Merriam-Webster Dictionary made them...

How to Put a Stop to 11 Bad Habits Your Kid Might Learn in School

Because your kids will learn all kinds of new words that aren't on the teacher-approved vocabulary list.

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.

The Grammar Rules of Sign Language Have Nothing to Do with Hands—Here’s Why

The grammar of sign language is incredibly complex. Here's how a signer's facial expressions, head movements, and even eye motions...

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...

13 Offbeat, New Baby Names That Are About to Be Everywhere

Why stick with Emma and Noah when you can have Paisley and Ace instead?

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.

Ever Wondered Why 11 and 12 Aren’t Part of the Teens?

Who knew there was a reason behind this?

Why Do We Call ‘Shotgun’ to Save the Front Passenger Seat?

Yes, it does have something to do with actual shotguns.