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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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105 Funny Words That Sound Ridiculous but Are Totally Real

Do you think you have a good vocabulary? We can guarantee you've probably never heard some of these funny words...

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23 Grammar Memes That’ll Crack You Up

These memes about spelling and grammar errors will tickle you're—sorry, YOUR—funny bone!

Word Power Vocabulary Quiz: Words Beginning with A-M

Match the word to its correct definition to test your Word Power.

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50 Examples of Onomatopoeia You Never Thought of

You know the classic examples of onomatopoeia like “boom,” “splat,” and “pow,” but there are plenty of words you use...

Where Did the Phrase “Knock on Wood” Come From?

Cracking down on the meaning of this popular superstition, one knock at a time! Learn the "knock on wood" meaning...

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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...

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What Does RSVP Mean on an Invite?

Even if you know what you're supposed to do, can you answer the question “What does RSVP stand for?”

Acronym vs. Abbreviation vs. Initialism: What’s the Difference? 

What's the difference when discussing acronym vs. abbreviation vs. initialism? It has to do with how you're shortening a word...

What Do AM and PM Stand For?

We use these abbreviations all the time, but do we actually know what they mean?

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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?

What Does “Ms.” Stand For?

What does Ms. stand for? Despite the period, it's not an abbreviation! Here's the real answer, and why it's important...

What GIF Stands for and How to Pronounce It

Most everyone uses them, and most people have a very firm opinion on how to pronounce the acronym.

Ever Wondered Why There’s an “R” in “Mrs.”?

It's pronounced "missus," so what's with the "R" in Mrs.?

What SOS Stands For and Where It Came From

Nope, it's not "save our ship." Not even close.

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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."

The 23 Hardest Winning Words from the National Spelling Bee

The Scripps National Spelling Bee has been a (mostly) yearly tradition since the 1920s. How would you fare trying to...

26 Examples of Oxymorons

We use oxymorons all the time, but have you ever thought about how weird they actually are? A closer look...

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13 Funny Palindrome Sentences That Will Crack You Up

If you thought palindrome words were cool, get ready to have your mind blown by these full palindrome sentences.

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26 Palindrome Examples: Words and Phrases That Are the Same Backward and Forward

What is a palindrome? Palindrome words and phrases are spelled the same backward and forward. After reading our roundup, you'll...

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What Exactly Does the “Q” in “Q-tips” Stand For?

Q-tips are everywhere. You can find them in bathrooms, in doctor's office, and in episodes of CSI. But what exactly...

Chef’s Kiss, Doggo, GOATED and 21 Other Words Added to the Dictionary for 2023

Merriam-Webster is giving the dictionary a little "zhuzh" with its latest update

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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...

13 Grammatical Mistakes That Are Making You Look Bad

You should of known better! Actually, you should HAVE known better about these common grammar pet peeves that drive people...

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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.

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To Whom It May Concern: What It Means and How to Use It

There are times when we need to write important letters to people who we don't know, and who may be...