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.
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...
Why Do Americans Say “Zee” but the British Say “Zed”?
Here's the history of how we say the letter "Z," and why.
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.
12 Separate Words Everyone Combines into One—But Shouldn’t
Some words are said together so often that many people think they're a single word—but they're not. Or at least...
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...
10 Funny Typos in Famous Works of Literature
Even grammar sticklers should be able to forgive the editors for these notorious (and often hilarious) goofs.
Here’s What Happens When You Read Every Day
A daily dose of reading can do wonders for your memory, health, and relationships.
7 Words You Never Realized Were Examples of Onomatopoeia
You know the classic examples of onomatopoeia like “boom,” “splat,” and “pow,” but there are plenty of words you use...
What Is the Oxford Comma—And Why Can’t the Grammar World Agree on Whether to Use It?
Who gives a darn about an Oxford comma?
35 City Names Around the World You’re Mispronouncing
Sound like a native—or at least a savvy tourist—when you learn how to say these place names correctly.
20 Words and Phrases Smart People Don’t Use
If you're smart, or at least want to sound intelligent, remember that some things are better left unsaid.
This Is the Difference Between a College and a University
Should the distinction have a big impact on your choice of school?
13 Comma Rules Everyone Should Know
Memorize these comma rules before you write your next essay, letter, or email!
10 Commonly Misused Words You Need to Stop Getting Wrong
Did you know that every time you misspeak, a kitten cries? Okay, that's not true. But get these commonly misused...
10 Words That Mean the Opposite of What They Used to Mean
Thanks to cultural changes, incorrect translations, and a host of other reasons, word meanings often shift over time. Here, ten...
15 of the Most Endangered Languages in the World
There are more than 7,000 living languages in the world, but UNESCO predicts more than half will be extinct by...
The Oxford English Dictionary Forgot to Include This Word for 50 Years
Thankfully, it's not a word we still use today.
16 Overused Words (and Phrases) You Should Stop Saying ASAP
Let's do a deep dive, shall we? Here's why these words and phrases made Lake Superior State University's annual banished...