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New Film Shows the Rich History of African American Speech
It's an in-depth look at one of the most politically charged and misunderstood varieties of American English.... READ ON
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7 Signs Language Is Still Evolving
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Pink Used To Be Yellow (No, Really)
Look up the word pink in the dictionary, and you’ll probably find a lot more definitions than you might have expected. But of all the word’s meanings, the oldest on record is one that appears in only the most comprehensive dictionaries: Pink used to be yellow.... READ ON
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Hear International Car Names Pronounced by Native Speakers
Never mispronounce names like Porsche, Volkswagen, and Hyundai again.... READ ON
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9 Old Words for Ignorance
Next time you feel the urge to make your sparring partner aware of his lack of knowledge, soften the blow with one of these old-timey terms for ignorance.... READ ON
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28 Weird and Wonderful Irish Words
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Online Dictionary Uses Simple Analogies to Decode Tech Jargon
Learn why internet cookies are like a barista with a good memory.... READ ON
Big Question
Why Do We Use the Same Voice to Talk to Babies and Dogs?
Nope, it's not because they're equally adorable.... READ ON
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10 Pointy Pieces of Slayer Slang from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
From sitch to five by five, here are just a few of our Buffy the Vampire Slayer slang terms in honor of the 20th anniversary of the show's debut.... READ ON
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11 Words Coined 100 Years Ago
"O.M.G." made its first documented appearance a century ago—in a letter to Winston Churchill.... READ ON
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'Fake' Etymology: The Story Behind One of the Dictionary’s Most Intriguing Words
The story behind one of today's big buzzwords goes all the way back to the secret slang of early 19th century criminals.... READ ON
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12 Words For The Insufferably Vain
Please use these words next time you have to describe a self-obsessed huff-snuff.... READ ON
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How Did "Jones" Come to Mean "Craving"?
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6 Idioms That Came From Film And Theater
Chances are, you’ve probably used an idiom from film or theater in an everyday context—maybe without even knowing it.... READ ON
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What's the Difference Between "Jr." and "II"?
Robert Downey Jr. and Sammy Davis Jr. are arguably two of the biggest celebrities ever to rock nominal suffixes—but why aren't they Robert Downey II and Sammy Davis II?... READ ON
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7 Très Interesting Facts about Canadian French
Most Americans don’t need to fly across an ocean to immerse themselves in the French language. There are millions of French speakers just to our north in Canada.... READ ON

The name "The Birdman of Alcatraz" is a bit of misnomer: Robert Stroud was allowed to keep birds when he was incarcerated at Leavenworth, but not when he was transferred to Alcatraz.

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