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Why is English Spelling So Messed Up?

If you're a kid learning how to write, or an adult speaker of a language with sensible spelling, English spelling can seem like a cruel prank. And …

How did English evolve? - Kate Gardoqui

What is the difference between "a hearty welcome" and "a cordial reception"? In a brief, action-packed history of the English language, Kate Gardoqui …

100 Random Facts About The English Language

This month, words and trivia Twitter account @HaggardHawks turns one year old. Since December 2013, we've been tweeting obscure words, surprising etymologies and bizarre linguistic facts every day, covering everything from <i>abature</i> (that's the trail of trampled grass an animal leaves behind it) and</i> …

Language

The History Of The English Language In One Chart

<i>Triangulations</i> blogger Sabio Lantz recently put together this rather clever diagram showing how the English language has evolved over the past 3,000 …

7 Words That Came About from People Getting Them Wrong

People didn't always say "pea" or "newt." These seven words initially started as other words entirely.<p>1. Pea<p>Originally the word was "pease," and it …

New York Times

56 Delightful Victorian Slang Terms You Should Be Using

In 1909, writing under the pseudonym James Redding Ware, British writer Andrew Forrester published <i>Passing English of the Victorian era, a dictionary</i> …

Ian Fleming

Why is English so weirdly different from other languages? – John McWhorter

English speakers know that their language is odd. So do people saddled with learning it non-natively. The oddity that we all perceive most readily is …

English is weird

English speakers know that their language is odd. So do nonspeakers saddled with learning it. The oddity that we all perceive most readily is its …

50 Fantastic Facts About The English Language

This month, words and language Twitter account @HaggardHawks celebrated its second year online. Since December 2013, it has been providing a daily dose of rare and unusual words, surprising language facts, peculiar etymological stories, and all manner of other linguistic tidbits and trivia covering …

Language

Why the English Language Has So Many Words That Mean Exactly the Same Thing

In their wonderful whiteboard series for Mental Floss , linguist Arika Okrent and illustrator Sean O’Neill verbally and visually explain why the …

Vocabulary