Armand Alvarez

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The Most Expensive Books in the World

Read this the next time you’re tempted to complain about the price of hardcovers at Barnes & Noble.<p>JK Rowling’s first book since the conclusion of …

Stunning Photographs of European Libraries

French photographer Thibaud Poirier is behind a magnificent series, entitled <i>Librairies</i>, highlighting Europeans libraries. From Roma to Dublin …

France

What Makes The Spelling Bee So Hard

This week, 291 children, ranging from a single kindergartner to 124 eighth-graders, will assemble in National Harbor, Maryland, for the Scripps …

Donald Trump thinks Andrew Jackson could have avoided the Civil War: Words cannot capture how ignorant and offensive that is

Couldn’t the Civil War have been “worked out,” asks the actual president? Sure — by keeping black people in chains<p>Whenever we observe that President Donald Trump answers questions like an eighth-grader who didn’t do his homework and has to BS his way through an exam, part of me thinks he’ll …

The Surprising Etymology Behind 13 of Your Favorite Words

Vocabulary 101<p>From ‘jumbo’ to ‘yas,’ a brief history of how the English language has brought us to where we are now. <i></i><p><i>By Alicia Drier,</i> Roosevelt …

Language

Donald Trump simply doesn’t get it: His vast egotism is doing serious damage to America

Trump’s oblivious denials on the Russia hack are delegitimizing his presidency before he even takes office<p>Having been fully briefed on the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia ran an operation to meddle in America’s presidential election and elevate Donald Trump to the White House, the …

No ad hominem, no ad Hitlerum: How to convince someone when facts fail

<b>This photograph taken in Paris Friday Dec. 2, 2016 shows stories from USA Daily News 24, a fake news site registered in Veles, Macedonia. An Associated Press analysis using web intelligence service Domain Tools shows that USA Daily News 24 is one of roughly 200 U.S.-oriented sites registered in</b> …

Critical Thinking

The Constitution of the United States has failed

This is not fine.<p>What kind of nation allows the loser of a national election to become president — and then does it again 16 years later?<p>What kind of …

Steve Jobs Asked Himself This 1 Question Every Morning to Stay Successful

See why self-reflection in the morning can set your entire day up for success.<p>Have you ever been distracted while driving and then suddenly arrived at your destination, wondering how you even got there? Too often, we go through life on autopilot like this, only to realize later that we've lost …

Motivation

How to Securely Wipe Your Smartphone's Data

"Factory resetting" a device often does not prevent later users from recovering your files that were previously stored on it. Here's what you need to know.<p>Are you planning to upgrade your smartphone, to sell your old device, or to give it to a child or friend?<p>Were you planning to "factory reset" …

Information Systems

Only 10% of People Can Pronounce All the Words in This Poem About the English Language

How will you fare?<p>The truth is, when you take the time to really think about English pronunciation, a lot of it doesn't make any sense. For example, "lettuce" has never looked right to me. Don't even get me started on "colonel." And what's that "I before E except after C" gibberish all about, again?<p>…

Literature

The Instahunks: Inside the Swelling Selfie-Industrial Complex

<i>Courtesy of Instagram.</i><p>Kyle Krieger’s Herculean pectorals come at you from a block away. His silken black hair would make a mink blush. He has a bit …

Social Media

7 Tips for Debut Authors (from Someone Who Knows)

I used to be one of You, a brilliant author waiting to be discovered. Like you, I was talented and ambitious and probably brilliant, and like You, no one seemed to have noticed. Then all at once someone did, and now I’m one of Them.<p>In such rarefied company it would be easy to forget where I came …

Where Do Spelling Bee Words Come From?

The pressure is so great, and the stakes so high, that one contestant fainted at the mere utterance of the word “alopecoid.” He fell headfirst to the …

How to Create a Blogging Masterpiece That Your Audience Will Share

Have you ever wondered what makes some blog posts go viral?<p>And have you ever wondered why some of your blog posts struggle to get even a few visitors?<p>…

The history of English can be explained in five words

In 1582, Richard Mulcaster, headmaster of the Merchant Tailors’ school, wrote that “our English tung is of small reatch, it stretcheth no further than this Iland of ours.” It didn’t stay that way. Today, English is spoken by more than a billion people all over the world.<p>It is a colorful, vibrant, …

Language

17 words for vocabulary enthusiasts

<i>This article was originally published in February 2016.</i> <br>There are an estimated 750,000 words in the English language —but the average …

40 Fantastic F-Words To Further Your Vocabulary

One of the earliest ancestors of our humble letter F was a Phoenician letter, <i>waw</i>, which was assimilated into the early Greek alphabet more than 2500 …

Grammarly Blog

Why the Heck Is Listening Such a Big Deal? 5 Reasons Why Language Learners Need to Listen Up

When a native speaker starts talking in your target language, does it sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher blabbing?<p>Blah, blah, blah.<p>Do you struggle to …

Language Learning

40 Grandiloquent G-Words To Grow Your Vocabulary

Just as the letter J is derived from I and the letter U is derived from V, G actually began life around 2,300 years ago as a variant of the letter C. …

40 Brilliant B Words To Brighten Up Your Vocabulary

If you had to take a guess at the 10 least-used letters of the English alphabet, chances are you wouldn’t rank B down among the Zs, Qs, Xs, and Js. …

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 …

33 Everyday Words With Hilariously Punny Double Meanings

Esteemed entries from the Uxbridge English Dictionary, via I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue<p><i>The Uxbridge English Dictionary creates hilarious new definitions for all those English words that don't mean what they should. Here are some of our favourites:</i><p><b>Gelatine:</b> Device for cutting the heads off jelly babies<p>…

40 Vibrant V-Words To Revamp Your Vocabulary

Ever seen a Latin inscription that uses words like <i>jvdicivm</i> (rather than <i>judicium</i>, “judgment”), <i>vinvm</i> (rather than <i>vinum</i>, “wine”), or <i>vocivvs</i> (rather than …

Language

Our 51 most commonly misused words and phrases

In the English language, there is no definitive body governing the rules, so grammar can be up to interpretation.<p>This isn't true in languages such as …

I Learned to Speak Four Languages in a Few Years: Here's How

<i>Lifehacker reader Gabriel Wyner was tasked with learning four languages in the past few years for his career as an opera singer, and in the process</i> …

Language Learning

18 Amazing Benefits of Learning a Second Language

Shutterstock<p>As the age-old saying goes, ‘it’s never too late to learn something new’. And when it comes to today’s global society, learning a second …

Language Learning

25 Books Guaranteed to Make You a Better Writer

Everyone has a story to tell. And pretty much everyone (at least everyone of a certain variety) has dreamed about writing that story down and sharing …

Writing