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Ever gotten called out for the difference between you’re and your? We’ve all been there–and we don’t ever want to go back. These insightful and interesting grammar articles will turn you into a word whiz quicker than you can blame autocorrect for your grammar faux pas.

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Here’s Why We Call Them “White Lies”

People might argue about what counts as a "white lie," but where the phrase comes from is clear.

22 Slang Words from 2022 That We Can’t Stand

TBH, this Gucci list is dank AF, k? (If you can say that out loud with a straight face you...

Where Does the Term “Whistleblower” Come from, Anyway?

There's lots of noise and confusion in the world of government and politics today. Here's one less thing you need...

This Is Why Americans Say “Fall” Instead of “Autumn”

The two words are interchangeable, but there's a clear preference in America

What Does 420 Mean—How It Became Known for Marijuana

It's the time of year that has people wondering, "What does 420 mean?" Here's the answer—and it's not what you've...

9 Fake Words That Actually Ended Up in the Dictionary

Even dictionary editors make mistakes sometimes.

22 Words and Phrases You Had No Clue Originated in the Military

The term "feeling blue" originated in the Navy. Who knew?

10 Almost-Extinct Words You Should Start Using Right Away

Whenever the dictionary gets updated, some words face the chopping block. If you would be sad to see “skedaddle” skedaddle...

25 Homophones People Confuse All the Time

Homophones are two words that have the same pronunciation but different definitions and spellings. Read on to ensure that you...

Every Word Coined the Year You Were Born

Language is constantly evolving, and the dictionary is right on top of that. Even better, Merriam-Webster has created Time Traveler,...

The Clever Way Dictionary Editors Prank Each Other

Don’t believe every definition you read.

9 Food Names Inspired by Parts of the Body

These foods were creatively named for parts of the body.