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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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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...

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.

25 Words That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do

Have you ever heard someone say, "I was literally scared to death?" That's impossible because the dead can't talk. Even...

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.

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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...

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.

Can You Tell If These Funny Words Are Real or Made Up?

All of these words sound pretty silly, but only some of them are genuine, honest-to-goodness components of the English language....

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 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...

Finally! Here’s When to Use “E.g.” Versus “I.e.”

We’re all guilty of making this mistake.

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...