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Kim Jong Un called Donald Trump a dotard. Here are some equally entertaining, out-of-date options the 45th president could've thrown back in his face.
By Christopher Hassiotis Sep 22, 2017
The alphabet's been lost for hundreds of years, but a designer is bringing it back to light with a new digital font dubbed "Albanian Helvetica."
By Kate Kershner Sep 20, 2017
What's the meaning behind how we spell theater and theatre? And does it really matter?
By Mark Mancini Sep 12, 2017
The world boasts about 7,000 languages. Close to half are threatened with extinction.
By John Donovan Aug 29, 2017
Despite what you might think, everyone has an accent. It just becomes noticeable when it's different from others in the same community. How do accents develop and why is it so hard to lose one?
By Alia Hoyt
Surely a level of Hell is reserved for inconsiderate parkers. But can the police actually write them a ticket? Well, it depends...
By Patrick J. Kiger Jul 26, 2017
Few rules on funeral procession are enshrined in law; most are just customs. But that doesn't mean you should break them.
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Jul 10, 2017
There's no 'U' in Charles or 'B' in William, so how did those get to be the nicknames?
By Dave Roos Jun 9, 2017
Nope, it has nothing to do with the health department.
By Dave Roos May 4, 2017
There are two main factors that influence the development of unique accents within a language: human nature and isolation.
By Laurie L. Dove Apr 27, 2017
A new study found conservatives more often interrupted liberals, and that the frequency of "manterrupting" has increased along with the number of women on the court.
By Laurie L. Dove Apr 24, 2017
There's a term for a vanishing letter like that in spoken American English's Wednesday. But first, some history about ancient gods.
By Laurie L. Dove Apr 5, 2017
Speaking a country's native language counts for a lot — even more than birthplace — when it comes to national identity, according to a new Pew survey.
By Dave Roos Feb 14, 2017
Binge-watch, photobomb, Seussian and safe space: Got it! But santoku and bokeh? Pareidolia and snollygoster?
By Jesslyn Shields Feb 13, 2017
"Flower's For Sale!" "Happy Birthday from the Smith's!" Why do we commit these apostrophe abuses, and how can we stop them?
By Alia Hoyt Jan 24, 2017
Researchers set out to determine whether times of economic hardship made parents feel the need to fit in or stand out.
By Shelley Danzy Jan 23, 2017
Is it really possible to ban sarcasm? We're about to find out.
By Ben Bowlin Sep 21, 2016
And his name Is Robert Newton.
By Jonathan Strickland Sep 19, 2016
Grammar nerds and internet pedants alike, rejoice! The "journalist's bible" is back with a brand new edition packed with language rules and clarifications.
By Christopher Hassiotis Jun 1, 2016
The indigenous language Nheengatu uses something called "celestial pointing" in place of words, making it a language that's both auditory and visual.
By Christopher Hassiotis Apr 6, 2016
A study found that introverts were more likely than extroverts to negatively judge those who made grammar mistakes and typos. No introverts were available to comment.
By Kate Kershner Apr 1, 2016
Are you Netflixing out tonight? Mentosing up for your hot date? Sure, the Internet wasn't invented to turn nouns into verbs, but it definitely helps spread the word.
By John Donovan Mar 30, 2016
The study also had surprising findings about the evolution of human language and grammar.
By Christopher Hassiotis Mar 28, 2016
Anyone who has received a text or an email has seen the wild proliferation of the once rarely used exclamation point.
By John Donovan Mar 10, 2016
Sometimes, as it turns out, a sound is worth a thousand words. Huh? Huh?
By Julie Douglas Jan 20, 2016
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