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What The British Say And What They Mean

Photo: Today I Learned Something New I checked the office twice, no one here is British so I can’t confirm exactly how accurate this is. That being said, I am picturing all my favorite English movies and characters and it plays out pretty well. Like Simon Pegg from Shaun of the Dead or Stanley Kubrick from [...]

Thanksgiving Leftovers Benedict

Forget English muffins, ham and hollandaise sauce, these Thanksgiving eggs benedict look delicious and are a great way to make your leftovers fun again (which can be hard to do after a few days). Link

The Wisconsin Town That Didn’t Learn English for Five Generations

19th-century map courtesy of Deb Gunther In 1837 an Irishman from New York named John Hustis bought a plot of land 50 miles north of Madison, Wisconsin, and founded the town of Hustisford. For a few years, the town spoke English, the language of the Irish and English families who got there first. Then came the [...]

A Bath or a Walk?

(YouTube link) Jackson knows his English words, but he’s a little fuzzy on judging whether his owner is giving him the runaround! -via Arbroath

10 Places and the Words They Inspired

1. Buncombe County, North Carolina Just before the U.S. House was set to vote on allowing Missouri into the Union in 1820, North Carolina Rep. Felix Walker requested a chance to speak. When his exhausted colleagues tried to cut him off, he told them that his speech wasn’t actually for the House at all, but for [...]

Weak and Feeble Robots Make The Best Teachers

The secret to learning from a robot, as discovered by two Japanese researchers, is to have it appear weak and feeble: Shizuko Matsuzoe and Fumihide Tanaka at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, set [...]

F-Bomb, Sexting And Other Words Being Added To The Dictionary

The Merriam-Webster dictionary is getting some not so necessary additions, including f-bomb, sexting and brain cramp, that really define the slangy modern state of the good old English language. These new additions are sure to vex the older generation, vindicate students involved in English class arguments, and turn future Scrabble games into a total mess. What do [...]

11 Obscure Regional Phrases That Describe Excessive Heat

ETHAN MILLER/Reuters The way this summer is going, you’ll soon run out of ways to say, “It’s ridiculously hot.” Lucky for us, we have a direct line to Joan H. Hall, editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English. Here are 11 phrases you can fall back on next time someone asks what the weather [...]

Robot Learns Language Like a Baby

When the robocalypse happens, and you find yourself begging for your life at the foot of our new robot overlords, and when the robot denies your request in fluent English, and you find yourself thinking "my, [...]

Why Do We Capitalize “I”?

Capital “I” image via Shutterstock Some languages capitalize several of their pronouns. Some don’t capitalize any of them. English is an odd duck in that we only capitalize the first person singular, I. Why? Honestly, we’re not sure. Linguists and historians have been unable to find any record of a definitive explanation. We know this much: In [...]