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Etiquette & Languages

Etiquette and Languages observes how people relate to each other through behaviors and speech. Find information on topics like tipping, sign language, good manners and slang.

Where Did 'Shirt and Shoes Required' Come From?

Where did "no shirt, no shoes, no service" come from? Blame the hippies, says HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Different Accents Develop Within the Same Language

What influences how a language sounds among different groups of people? Learn about language and accents in this HowStuffWorks article. See more »

Female Supreme Court Justices Interrupted Three Times More Frequently Than Men

Male, conservative Supreme Court justices tend to interrupt others most. Learn about Supreme Court interruptions in this HowStuffWorks article. See more »

Why 'Wednesday' Isn't Pronounced the Way It's Spelled

The origin of Wednesday is tied into ancient gods, and a vanishing letter isn't uncommon. Learn more in this HowStuffWorks article. See more »

What Does It Take to Fit Into a Nation? Speak the Dominant Language, Many Say.

Speaking a country's native language is important to national identity. HowStuffWorks Now breaks down the implications of a new Pew survey. See more »

Merriam-Webster Adds More Than 1,000 New Words to the Dictionary

Merriam-Webster has added more than 1,000 words to its dictionary. Learn more about new dictionary words for 2017 in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

4 Ways Apostrophes Are Mangled Every Day

Are you guilty of these apostrophe crimes? Use this HowStuffWorks Now article to set yourself free. See more »

Baby Names Are Getting More Unique in the U.S., Even When Times Are Tough

Research shows unique baby names point to a trend of individualism in the U.S. Learn how economics correlate with baby names at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

North Korea Outlaws Sarcasm. What a Great Idea!

Better not sarcastically say "This is all America's fault!" in North Korea, or you could land in hot water. Learn more at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

This One Guy Is Responsible for What We Think a Pirate Sounds Like

Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day, you scallywags! HowStuffWorks Now explains why we all sound like Robert Newton on this most historic day. See more »