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The hot dog is a sandwich
How well do you know May's Words of the Day?
Was 'Even Icier Land' taken?
Why we play 'taps' at military funerals
One of two winning words in the Bee
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.
What's the correct plural of 'octopus': 'octopuses' or 'octopi'? Yes – and then some.
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).
Some practical guidance, and interesting history, about a common mistake.
'Between you and __'? Simple guidance for a tricky pronoun.
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.
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.'
What does it mean to have a cavalier attitude?
The youngest Spelling Bee contestant
Nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical
The origin story is true
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
Which of these is a synonym of nonplus?
Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.
An invented word for invented facts
The word has a shocking history
Test your knowledge of food and food words.
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