A Trusted Friend in a Complicated World

Knowledge - Grammar / Spelling

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.

Add Filter

    Tout icon

    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.

    Tout icon

    This Is the Most Annoying Word in the English Language

    Don't believe us? It's been voted most annoying word for over a decade.

    Tout icon

    21 Fun Pangrams Every Word Lover Will Appreciate

    Ever heard of a pangram? These fun examples will have you cracking up—you might even try to come up with...

    Tout icon

    15 Word Puzzles That Will Leave You Stumped

    Only the smartest will get all of these right!

    Tout icon

    “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.

    Tout icon

    20 of the Hardest Words to Spell in the English Language

    The English language is full of words that seem overstuffed with unnecessary letters, feel like they should be spelled a...

    14 Jeopardy! Grammar Questions That Would Stump Your English Teacher

    Remember your English teacher whose wealth of knowledge seemingly stretched to the sky? We dove into the Jeopardy! archives to...

    12 Everyday Expressions You Didn’t Realize Were Sexist

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

    This Is How Confusing Life Would Be Without Proper Punctuation

    Punctuation can save lives, relationships, and money.

    What Is the Longest Word in English? Hint: It’s 189,819 Letters Long

    Move over, "antidisestablishmentarianism." The longest word in English will leave you speechless.

    15 Fascinating Facts About Dictionaries That Will Make You Want to Pick One Up

    From dropped words to fake definitions, learn fun facts, hearsay, and scandal about our most useful language resource, and the...

    Here’s How Words Get Added to the Dictionary

    Just look it up—or look here to check out the dish on dictionaries that logophiles will love! (Logophile means word...

    These 17 “Modern” Words Are Much Older Than You Thought

    From "politically correct" to "smash hit," these terms have actually been in our language for quite some time.

    15 Common Pairs of Words That Everyone Confuses

    Next time you're pondering whether to use "who's" or "whose," we've got you covered.

    Tout icon

    Why Do We Say “Piqued My Interest”?

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

    This Is the Real Difference Between “Less” and “Fewer”

    They're similar, but they're not interchangeable—here's a simple rule to help you remember when to use them.

    Tout icon

    This Is Why “W” Is Pronounced Double U and Not Double V

    You know the song, you know the letter, but do you know why "w" looks like double-v? Or why it's...

    54 Words Even Smart People Mispronounce

    If you pronounce these words differently, don’t worry—many people do. But here’s how they were originally meant to be pronounced...

    The Real Reason Some English Words Have Silent Letters

    There are legitimate explanations for why words like pterodactyl and tsunami exist.

    20 of the Toughest Tongue Twisters in the English Language

    How many of these can you say without stumbling?

    Tout icon

    11 Irregular Plural Words That Sound Completely Wrong—But Aren’t

    We all know irregular plurals like "geese" and "mice." But have you ever heard of "beeves" or "sphinges"? Laugh yourself...

    24 Everyday Idioms You’re Getting Wrong

    The cat's out of the bag—idioms can be tricky, even for native English speakers.

    “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...

    Tout icon

    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?

    Tout icon

    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...

    Who vs. Whom: Here’s When to Use Each Word

    You've always wondered, so we're setting the record straight.