Merriam-Webster Is Updating Its Definition of Racism After a Woman Asked Them to Change It
The small changes make a big difference.
15 Amusing Stories Behind Common Expressions
English has some hilarious expressions—and their origin stories are funny, too! Find out where "last-ditch effort," "under the weather," and...
Lets vs. Let’s: The Right Way to Use Each Word
For an itty-bitty punctuation mark, apostrophes cause a lot of confusion. What's the difference between lets vs. let's?
Do You Know the Last Letter Added to the Alphabet? (It Wasn’t Z)
In fact, the actual last letter is not even close to the end of the alphabet.
40 Words You Think Are Antonyms but Aren’t
At first glance, some words may seem to be at opposite ends of the spectrum, but once you dive deeper...
Barbeque or Barbecue: Which Is Correct?
Being *grilled* over the way you spell this word? Find out if there's a correct way to spell the word...
15 Words That People Say Aren’t Real—But Are
Good news: These are all words! Bad news: Language snobs will scoff if you use them—so you’ll have to politely...
13 Nature Words Everyone Gets Wrong
Weather vs. climate. Lake vs. pond. Swamp vs. marsh. With these simple tricks, you'll always know the difference between these...
How Many of These 13 Old-School Slang Words Do You Know?
Can you guess the meaning behind these slang phrases from yesteryear?
Grey vs. Gray: Which is Correct?
Is one of these spellings correct and the other wrong—or is there a gray area? (Or perhaps a grey one?)
Where Does the Phrase “Draw a Blank” Come From?
I can't remember what I was going to say, so why does that "draw a blank?"
There’s Only One U.S. State Whose Name Starts with Two Vowels. Can You Guess It?
See how quickly you can figure it out!
70 Words (and Phrases) You’re Probably Using All Wrong
You won't make these cringeworthy mistakes ever again.
These Are the Words (and Phrases) About Coronavirus Everyone Should Know By Now
Our new normal comes with a whole new vocabulary. Make sure you know what these important concepts really mean.
15 Slang Words You Didn’t Know Were in the Dictionary
English is an ever-evolving language, so as words make their way into the mainstream, they also make it into the...
Why the Dictionary Used to Include a Word That Never Existed
Unfortunately, the word "dord" isn't a synonym for "density."
What Does the Saying “Bite the Bullet” Really Mean?
If you've ever chosen to "bite the bullet" you know that you might have had to endure some pain, but...
20 Bread Puns for the Next Time You Want to Loaf Around
Check out our fresh-baked collection of hot cross puns! All buns intended!
Sanitize vs. Disinfect: What’s the Difference?
Become a better cleaner by knowing the appropriate cleaning terms.
What’s the Correct Way to Pronounce “Caribbean”?
You've probably heard two distinct ways. Time to get to the bottom of it—is one actually right?
23 New Slang Words You’ll Be Hearing More of in 2020
Yolt is the new yeet. Brush up on these unofficial vocab words.