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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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    25 Fancy Words That Will Make You Sound Smarter

    We all want to sound smarter. With these fancy words, you can take your vocabulary to a whole new level...


    These Are 13 of the Most Frequently Used Idioms in the English Language

    The cat's out of the bag! Here are the most common idioms under the sun.


    12 Thesaurus Jokes Grammar Nerds Will Appreciate

    Feeling qualmish, ill, and peaky? You must be ready for a sick joke!


    Compliment vs. Complement: What’s the Difference?

    Pay someone a compliment—or is it complement? Here's how to tell the difference and never make that mistake again.


    How Many Words Are There in the English Language?

    Of course, it's impossible to provide an exact number of words in English, since new words are being added to...


    Only English Majors Will Know These 26 Words from the Thesaurus

    How many of these lesser-known words from the thesaurus can you use in a sentence?


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    If Latin Is a “Dead” Language, Why Is It Still Taught in Schools?

    Latin might be a "dead" language, but it still has a lot of living potential.


    50 Words You Think Are Synonyms but Aren’t

    Just because the thesaurus lists two words as synonyms doesn't mean that you can simply slot one in for the...

    The 20 Synonyms and Antonyms People Search for the Most

    Some of these are words you definitely use all the time—and if you've ever looked up alternatives to try to...


    Here’s How New Words Get Added to the Thesaurus

    The book that saves your writing when you’re stuck has a story all its own. Here’s what you never knew...


    This Is How the First Thesaurus Got Started

    January 18th is officially Thesaurus Day, so why not dust off those giant tomes and do what writers do: Geek...


    12 Grammar Rules That Could Go Extinct in the Next Decade

    Basically, it's a full-throttle, grammar-busting, free-for-all in the next decade. GeT ReAdY 2 bReaK mo' RuLz. Punctuation purists beware!



    How Long Would It Take to Read the Whole Dictionary?

    There's no one conclusive answer. But that doesn't mean people haven't tried to find one.


    Here’s the Correct Way to Use “Each Other” and “One Another”

    Let's settle the debate: Do they or don't they mean slightly different things?


    The 11 Words That Defined 2019

    What sent people straight to their trusty online dictionaries this year? These telling words that are mostly derived from politics,...

    12 Synonyms That Will Make You a Better Writer

    Say what you really mean! Here are synonyms for 12 words it's time to quit using.


    What’s the Difference Between Mayonnaise and Miracle Whip?

    We love them both equally, but there is definitely a difference between mayonnaise and Miracle Whip.


    11 of the Most Expensive Typos in the World

    There's no such thing as a harmless typo.


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    How Dogs Bark in Different Languages

    Dogs, in a way, are "multilingual"; humans who speak different languages have come up with different ways to represent the...


    The 30 Most Beautiful Words in the English Language

    English is a quirky, often confusing language that's been shaped and influenced by many others. As such, it has a...

    Why Do Americans Say “Zee” but the British Say “Zed”?

    Here's the history of how we say the letter "Z," and why.


    Pecan Pronunciation: Is It PEE-can or Puh-KAHN?

    People go *nuts* over this debate.


    How Do You Pronounce Acai, Anyway?

    How to pronounce acai lesson one: take a deep breath. We'll get smoothie bowls, and through this, together.


    This Is Where the Term “Quid Pro Quo” Comes From

    The phrase that's currently popular in the news is far more nuanced than it seems.


    30 Slang Words We Love from 2019

    This article was vetted by no less than eight Gen Zers and six Millenials.


    Here’s Why We Call Them “White Lies”

    People might argue about what counts as a "white lie," but where the phrase comes from is clear.