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Challenge your friends
1960s? Try 1860s
From 'bungalow' to 'shampoo'
We'll tell you all the perpendiculars
"The moment of truth"
Is 'alright' all right?
Or both? Or neither?
It is in fact a real word (but that doesn't mean you should use it).
You don't have to end all your adverbs in -ly to talk right.
The story of an imaginary word that managed to sneak past our editors and enter the dictionary.
Was 'Even Icier Land' taken?
These people needed a computer
There, there. We'll sort it out.
The awkward case of 'his or her'
How the irregular _snuck_ sneaked into the dictionary
They started as same word, but their meanings have drifted apart over time.
Both words imply motion, but the difference may be all in your head
Editor Emily Brewster clarifies the difference.
'Poets laureate'? 'Court-martials'? The curious history of postpositive adjectives in English.
Why does it sound strange to say 'funner' or 'funnest?'
Which is right? The answer is complicated.
When to use each (and when not to get annoyed about their use).
Bizarre origins of the world's most recognized word.
Noah Webster: the man who changed the way we spell... up to a point.
From torture to tailgating—the origins of an American football term.
The surprising history behind this controversial abbreviation.
What's the correct plural of 'octopus': 'octopuses' or 'octopi'? Yes – and then some.
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Many of today's grammar rules can be traced to the opinions of one 18th century writer.
When you're not sure which is right, try to remember to use 'try to.'
"The moment of truth"
No, it's not related to bombs
“Pretending to be what one is not"
"That is a bunch of malarkey.”
From the Greek word meaning "to scatter"
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
Which of these is a synonym of caesura?
Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.
Is a granola bar dessert? Well...
It's not a desert—it's deserted
Tough words and tougher competition. Do you know more than your friends?
SCRABBLE® fans, sharpen your skills!