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7 Incredibly Common Grammar Mistakes You're Probably Making

Proper grammar is a credibility builder, particularly on the internet.<p>If the way people misuse words can drive you batty, you can appreciate why Kyle Wiens, CEO of the online repair community iFixit, makes all applicants to his company take a grammar test. He writes for <i>Harvard Business Review</i>:<p>Good …

The surprising origins of your f*cking favorite swear words

As a society, we like to swear.<p>Swear words have a strange power over us. It starts when we are young, when they are deliciously taboo. Then, as we …

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10 Words With Spooky Etymologies

Ghosts, ghouls and monsters turn up everywhere at Halloween—including in our language. From treacherous underground goblins to ghostly roaming …

Where Did the English Language Come From?: An Animated Introduction

If you've ever deliberately studied the English language — or, even worse, taught it — you know that bottomless aggravation awaits anyone foolish …

17 words everyone spells wrong

You may have noticed that there are lots of dictionaries to choose from, both the old-fashioned printed kind, and the new-fashioned online kind. Whether it's Merriam-Webster or dictionary.com or Black's Law Dictionary— or any one of the others — you have plenty of places to turn when you want to …

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