You know..that little space, that dot-shaped thing, or that stuff you find when you pop the other stuff!! Or the whatchamacallit. We’ve all had moments when we couldn’t name a certain thing and we knew there should be a word for it. Well, you’re right, there is. Here is a list.Continue reading “54 Everyday Things You Never Knew Had Names.”
Sometimes similarities may lead us to think that certain things are identical and therefore we tend to give them the same names. When we look closely, however, we find they are actually a little different but most of the time we still give them the same names. While some languages try to correct this over the course of time, most languages still call these seemingly similar things by the same word. We wrote this article from the perspective of English about some things that people think are the same but in actuality, they are not. We encourage readers who speak other languages to share if other languages make a difference between these things or not. Have a good read ?Continue reading “24 Things Most People Think Are The Same But They Are Actually Different.”
A demonym is a word that names citizens of a specific place, generally obtained from the name of the area. It’s not always easy to guess the demonym of certain places. You think you can just add -an to the name of the place to get a demonym but it’s not always the case, especially with names of states and counties. For example, what is the demonym of a resident of the state of Indiana? Indianaan? My ear is not happy with that and I suppose yours is not as well. In this article, we have compiled some maps of the US and Canada that show the official demonyms of every state in both countries. Do let us know what you think.Continue reading “Demonyms of the U.S. and Canada.”
Words carry a certain social weight to them and that’s what dictionaries try to hide from us. Dictionaries give us literal meanings, dry most often, that can’t capture the different ways people use words and what they intend when they use them in different contexts. HipDict is an Instagram account that humorously redefines words and adds the honesty component to them. We have compiled the most relevant ones down below and we hope they appeal to you. Please share your favorites in the comment section.Continue reading “If Dictionaries Were Honest. 52 Words Redefined.”
Often people who curse a lot are accused of being dumb, less intelligent, and lack more appropriate words to express themselves. Science has just flipped this assumption. A recent study has found that people who have a repertoire of curse words at their disposal might very well be intelligent and have a richer and more elaborate vocabulary than those who don’t curse a lot.Continue reading “Study: People Who Curse a Lot Are Smarter and Have a Better Vocabulary Than Those Who Don’t.”
To be honest, it’s starting to feel like British English and American English are not the same language anymore. To quote George Bernard Shaw, the United States of America and the UK are “two countries divided by a common language.” They can still understand each other, but the marked differences between the two varieties are growing steadily with each generation that in a few years they are going to be mutually unintelligible. One of the most notable and confusing differences, besides pronunciation, is at the level of vocabulary. Grammar Check visualized these differences in a beautiful infographic that we broke down here for you. Have a good read ?Continue reading “58 Differences Between British And American English That Still Confuse Everyone.”
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Have you ever felt a twinge of guilt after you have sworn or used “bad language”? Well, don’t! Science shows that swearing is a useful social skill that allows us to bind with people and establish strong relationships with them.Continue reading “People who use swear words are honest and make better friends, according to study.”
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” —Through the Looking Glass. Mr. Dumpty led down the most linguistic explanation of how words get their meanings. We, the people, assign what combinations of sounds we want to the meanings we want. With the words below, things are a little different. Although these words sound so cool and laughably logical, unfortunately, they don’t exist. Don’t forget to share with us your favorite. Have a good read 🙂Continue reading “Made-up Words That Sound So Cool They Should Actually Exist.”
Ever wonder if all the words people use are words that actually exist? By exist we mean they are recognized and included in English dictionaries. Well, some of the words that people confidently use on a day-to-day basis do not exist. Some say that the use of these words highlights a crucial language feature (i.e. change), while other language snobs disagree and scoff when they hear someone use them. Let’s find these words out.Continue reading “Words That People Use Which Don’t Exist.”
Every language has a list of rarely used words that very few people know. They are not commonly known because they are rarely needed. Why bother learning something that you will not use..right? But for us, language nerds, that’s what gives meaning to our lives. Tracking down words and what they mean satisfies a curiosity that sits deep within us, whatever they mean. I wrote this article to satisfy that curiosity. So I brought to you 30 words that exist in English that you and other people probably don’t know. Don’t forget to share your favorite.
Someone having little to no money.
Your tiny toe or finger.
Finding something good without looking for it.
The triangular pink areas at the corner of your eyes.
A person who never laughs.
One who loves or one who is loved.
Having large, round, succulent buttocks.
The state of being infatuated with someone.
Dressed in black.
steal someone’s iPhone.
Something that lives on rocks.
The feeling familiar is being encountered for the first time.
The state of finding it extremely difficult to get out of bed in the morning.
The dot over an “i” or a “j”.
The irresistible urge to pinch or squeeze something cute.
Nonsense or balderdash.
Someone who is full of false kind of courage that masks a hidden fear.