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Words, Words, Words

Language
1.4k voters25+ Commonly Misused English Words And Phrases That Literally Make Us CringeEnglish is incredibly tricky. Influenced by numerous other languages, English has distinct grammatical features, countless homony...
Culture
514 votersWhere 15+ Common Terms And Phrases OriginatedHave you ever heard a word or phrase and wondered when people started saying it? And why? Language is constantly changing, and ma...
Culture
3.7m views9 Forbidden Words and Phrases You Must Never, Ever Say AloudYou often hear kids say, "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." The entries on this list suggest ot...
Culture
321 voters15 Popular Sayings We Should Stop Using (Because They're Completely False)Many popular sayings are popular for an unknown reason. Most of them are totally fake or so irrelevant that they sound very unreal...
Entertainment
1.3k votersDialogue You Always Hear In Movies That No Sane Person Has Ever Said Out LoudThey say dialogue is hard to write – so why not just reuse as many corny movie quotes as possible? There are a lot of common movie...
Interesting
1.2k votersHelpful Mnemonic Devices That Everyone Should KnowWhether you know it or not, at least one mnemonic device is likely a part of your every day life. Maybe you're using these learnin...
574 voters16 Weirdly Specific PG-13 Insults That Still Pack A PunchThe art of insulting another human successfully is a tough task. But insulting another human using PG-13 words while still maintai...
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1.8k votersPretentious Words You Secretly Don't Know How to PronounceWhat are some of the most overused, mispronounced words people use to try to sound smarter? There are plenty of pretentious vocabu...
Language
205 votersDank Chaucer Slang You'll Be Using To Disparage Franciscans In No TimeGeoffrey Chaucer had a way with words. The 14th-century jack-of-all-intellectual-trades was an author, poet, philosopher, and bure...
Pop Culture
4.8k voters11 Times Punctuation Changed EverythingAnyone who has ever been a student can quite possibly relate to the feeling of sitting through a long, agonizing English class, wo...
Criminals
80.7k viewsThieves’ Cant: The Secret Language Used By Criminals For CenturiesWhat if a secret society of rogues operated in plain sight, using code words to plot elaborate felonies and hoaxes? From the 16th ...
Pop Culture
1.5k votersHilarious "Quotation Mark" FailsQuotation marks: how do they work? Modern scholars of the English language have been trying to figure out how to use quotation mar...
Language
53.2k viewsThe Origins of Phrases All the Kids Are Saying These DaysSlang is an ever evolving way of speaking that's hard to keep track of if you're not continually keyed in with the mutating world ...
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2k votersThe Most Annoying Corporate BuzzwordsAnyone who has ever worked in an office, sat in a meeting, hunched in a cubicle all day or spent a day in a conference room forced...
Language
539 votersPeople On Twitter Are Sharing The Most Life-Changing Sentences They've Ever HeardWriter John Paul Brammer's essay "Six Sentences I Can't Forget" is about the most life-changing offhand things people have said to...
Culture
68.8k viewsFictional Languages You Can Actually Learn To SpeakLanguages are just invented for use in the real world all the time, but some languages are made up for people and cultures that do...
Language
2.2k votersThe Best Language to LearnList of the best language to learn, ranked by those in the know. Taking on the task of learning a foreign language can be daunting...
Lifestyle
14.1k votersIncredible '90s Slang You (Almost) Forgot AboutIf you grew up in the 1990s, odds are that in between playing Pogs or watching reruns of 90210, you were telling your mom to "talk...
Pop Culture
1.9m viewsCommon Phrases That Are Completely AntiquatedIt turns out that we still use quite a few outdated phrases, many of them commonplace. Ever found yourself saying, "Take it with a...
Culture
511 votersCommon Words With Surprising Mythological OriginsHave you ever wondered why the days of the week are named the way they are? Sunday and Monday are named after the sun and moon, wh...