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.
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.
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...
“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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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?
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...