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What States Are Using What Curse Words?

Today's series of maps come from linguist Jack Grieve. Grieve looks at specific words in geotagged Tweets and converts them into maps that show where …

Why Do I Have to Go to Sleep?

<i>Kids ask a lot of questions.</i> mental_floss <i>has answers.</i> <i>Today we launch WHY?, our new series for kids and parents. We'll tackle all types of questions</i> …

5 of the Fiercest One-Liners in History

Finding the right words when detonating an atomic bomb or sacrificing one's life for friendship came easy for these people.<p>1. Lawrence Oates before …

10 Things We No Longer See at Airports

Air travel used to be a lot more expensive and exclusive before the industry was deregulated, and many airports therefore had a lot more amenities …

17 Ancient Abandoned Websites That Still Work

The golden age of dial-up is over, but these Internet fossils will make you feel like it’s 1996 all over again.<p>1. Space Jam <b>(1996)</b><p>A starry background, …

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McWhopper: BK Suggests Truce, Collaboration

In a full-page "open letter" ad appearing today (8/26) in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune, Burger King proposes to McDonald's that they collaborate on a joint burger, the "McWhopper," in the interests of nothing less than world peace.<p>The ad (see it here) imagines "a one-off collaboration …

That "Fresh Cut Grass" Smell Is a Distress Signal

Trauma, that’s what. It’s the smell of chemical defenses and first aid. The fresh, “green” scent of a just-mowed lawn is the lawn trying to save …

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What Your Pronunciation of These Words Tells Other People

Where do you put flowers? People are ready to infer a whole lot about you by the way you say your answer.<p>In a recent survey, over 1,000 participants …

The 20 Highest-Grossing Movies of All Time

Between <i>Black Panther</i>'s many box office triumphs, and <i>Avengers: Infinity War</i>'s record-breaking opening weekend, 2018 has been a very good year at the …

Box Office

6 myths that prevent people from learning multiple languages

You're probably familiar with the romanticized image of the polyglot. It goes something like this:<p>After attending the recent polyglot conference in Berlin, I can tell you that I didn't meet a single person who comes close to that description (although I'm sure many of us wouldn't mind it).<p>It's true …

20 Word Usage Mistakes Even Smart People Make

English vocabulary is full of pitfalls that you might not be aware of. Don't let them trip you up.<p>1. INVARIABLY<p>If something happens invariably, it …

The Origins of 10 Nicknames

1. Why is Dick from Richard?<p>The name Richard is very old and was popular during the Middle Ages. In the 12th and 13th centuries everything was …

11 Obscure Regional Phrases We All Should Start Using

Now that you’ve added those 19 distinctly American words to your vocabulary, here are 11 more phrases from different linguistic regions around the …

Why Does “Terrible” Mean Bad and “Terrific” Mean Good?

Terrible and terrific are both formed off the same root: terror. Both started out a few hundred years ago with the meaning of terror-inducing. But …

Here's How Crazy-Long German Words are Made

German is known for its extra long compound words. When Mark Twain complained that some German words were “so long they have a perspective,” he was …

Study Shows All Languages Skew Towards Happiness

Yes, even on Twitter, more words—of all languages—are positive than negative.<p>A team of scientists at the University of Vermont and The MITRE …

4 Subtle Changes to English People Hardly Notice

Everyone knows that language changes. It's easy to pick out words that have only been recently introduced (bromance, YOLO, derp) or sentence …

When and Why Did People Start Saying "Um"?

Reader Darren wrote in to ask, "When and why did people start saying um when they are talking?"<p>According to the <i>Oxford English Dictionary</i>, the speech …

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A Cookbook Featuring Original Recipes Based On Video Game Grub

Have you ever been in the middle of playing a video game and thought “gee, I’m hungry, I could sure go for a bowl of that Dig Rat Stew my character …

11 Obscure Regional Phrases to Describe the Cold

It's very cold, and we're running out of ways to say that. So we reached out to the editors of the incredible <i>Dictionary of American Regional English</i> …

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Mental Floss

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Korean Illustrator Gives an Eastern Take on Western Folktales

Snow White<p>Beauty and the Beast<p>What would Little Red Riding Hood and the Little Mermaid look like if drawn in the manga style of modern East Asia? Na …

DIY Wrapping Paper and Accents

<i>Brown paper with glitter accent | Image: The House That Lars Built | Tutorial here</i><p>Whether you're an artistic person, you like to repurpose materials …

Is Speaking a Language Different From Being Fluent in It?

Are you bilingual, trilingual, or multilingual? Or, are you a polyglot or hyperpolyglot? Perhaps you are monolingual, but aspire to learn other …

Language Learning

When I was 16, I began hurting myself to cope with emotional stress

When I was 16, I began hurting myself to cope with emotional stress. It started as an outlet for my pain and developed into a full-fledged addiction, one that led me to eight different therapists, four different psychiatrists, four crisis hospitalizations, multiple suicide attempts, and a 30-day stint in SAFE Alternatives’ Adult Intensive Unit for self-harm. While I’m no longer actively self-injuring, the habit shaped my life for most of the last decade. If you’re surprised to hear that …

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is Vape

Every year, Oxford Dictionaries names a Word of the Year, chosen because it “is judged to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that …

Icelandic words we totally need to add to the English language

Icelandic is one of those languages that TV producers pull out when they want to put their protagonist in a hopelessly confusing situation. (“I don’t …

But Seriously: Why Do We Drive on Parkways and Park on Driveways?

<i>“Hey! How come we</i> <i>drive</i> on <i>park</i>ways and <i>park</i> on <i>drive</i>ways? Huh? Huh? Amiright?!”<p>Good grief. This rusty one-liner’s gotten plenty of mileage, but few …