English People Rediscover Ancient Scottish Swear Words

March must be dictionary-buying season for some weird and long forgotten historical reason, as the boffins working for the Oxford English have released their regular round up of all the newly-included words we can expect to find in the latest editions of the famed word book. Read More >>

Merriam-Webster’s New Tool Tells You Which Words First Appeared in Print the Year You Were Born

In 2018, the Oxford English Dictionary added words like beerfest, jumbotron, modder, antifa, binge-watch, and nothingburger, reflecting the awful, awful times we live in. But have you ever wondered what words officially entered our lexicon the year you were born? Probably not, but it turns out Merriam-Webster’s Time Traveler tool is a fascinating archive of when certain technologies, trends, or pop-culture references came to be. Read More >>

Scrabble King Banned for Looking Slightly Like He Was Cheating

There is a way to hold the bag in the world of competitive Scrabble playing, we have learned. Players should hold the bag at shoulder level while selecting their new tiles, to ensure they can't take a sneaky look at its contents. Read More >>

University Researchers Want Us To Use ‘Forgotten’ Words

Presumably fed up with the youth of today using txt spk and nonsense slang, a team of academics at University of York have dug up a list of old words that they hope to see getting used again. Read More >>

Scientists Say These Words Are the Funniest

You surely remember a time you said a word to yourself and started laughing. Something about the syllables bouncing around your mouth just didn’t make sense. Maybe the word was “booby” or “piss” or “dingus” or “moist.” Maybe it was the name “Brumbpo Tungus” or “Scrimmy Bingus.” Well thankfully, now science is here to science its way through humour, ruining the joke for everyone. Read More >>

2016’s Word of the Year is, Unsurprisingly, “Brexit”

The use of the word "Brexit" rocketed by some 3,400 per cent this year, leaving dictionary maker Collins in no doubt as to what it means -- it's the Word of the Year. Read More >>

iOS Autocomplete Writes Nuclear Physics Paper

A man who was baffled to be invited to submit a paper on nuclear physics despite knowing nothing about nuclear physics managed to blag his way to acceptance anyway, by using the iOS autocomplete function to submit a load of keyword-packed rubbish -- and it was so impenetrable no one realised and the paper was accepted. Read More >>

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Why Americans and the British Spell English Words Differently

Have you ever wondered why Americans and Brits spell English differently? How are colour and color the same word? Centre and center? What’s up with that? Read More >>

More Silly Not-Real-Words Have Been Added to the Oxford English Dictionary

The people in charge of ruining the language have once again done that thing where they try to get kids to make their story go viral, by adding a bunch of silly-sounding non-words to the Oxford English Dictionary. Read More >>

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These Words Seem Related But Actually Aren’t

Did you know the words “male” and “female” aren’t actually related to each other? As in, there’s no “male” in “female.” The word male is derived from the Latin word masculus, while the word female comes from the French word femelle. It sounded close enough so we just made them both pronounced like male. Damn, patriarchy. Read More >>

Do You Know More Than 42,000 English Words? Take This Test to See if You Comboblify

The average American knows around 42,000 dictionary words, they say. We've got to do better than that, seeing as we invented them all and all America has contributed is a few random extra Ls to confuse us on the internet. Read More >>

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Why Does the Letter Q Almost Always Go with U?

The history of why Q is almost always followed by U is fascinating, and dates back to when the Normans invaded England in 1066. Before that, English didn’t even have a Q; it used “cw” to replicate the sound. After the invasion, though, the spelling of English was changed to match the French ways: “cw” was replaced with “qu”. Read More >>

Facebook Patents “Social Glossary” So Old People Know all the New Sex Terms

Facebook is looking into ways of automatically explaining what the kids are talking about to their parents, with the social network's engineers thinking up a system that automatically translates the "abbreviations, acronyms, names & nicknames" used by users into meaningful words used by grown-ups. Read More >>

Apple Managers Worried That ‘click’ Looks Too Much Like ‘dick’

Loads of serious men sitting around an expensive table in Apple's HQ came up with a potential problem with the El Capitan update tag line "There's more to love with every click." They thought that the lowercase "click" may look like "dick" and could therefore lead to potential online embarrassment on the pages of Reddit. Read More >>

Why Do Animals Make Different Sounds in Different Languages?

Animals all over the world sound the same. It’s not like they speak different languages, they make the same noises even if they’re different countries! But why is it that different languages think animals make different sounds? It’s because we’re giving names to the sounds that animals make in the construct of language, not totally mimicking what they’re saying (different languages have different rules and some languages have more versatile phrasing). That’s how a duck can quack in English, ga ga in Japanese, coin coin in French, kyra kyra in Russian, and so on. Read More >>