Proof that the English language is crazy and makes no sense

English isn't the hardest language in the world to learn but it's definitely a crazy one with wacky rules. Things that apply for some words, never seem to be considered for similar ones. Change one letter here and it can sound completely different there but sound the same somewhere else. It's all pretty ridiculous. » 4/02/14 12:13am 4/02/14 12:13am

Selfie, Derp and Phablet Are Now Words in the Oxford Dictionaries Online

Because language doesn't really matter anymore to the Internet, words that people use online all the time even though people are often too embarrassed to say it in real life are now a part of the dictionary. The Oxford Dictionaries Online is adding these wonky words to its dictionary: twerk, phablet, derp, selfie,… » 8/28/13 2:00am 8/28/13 2:00am

The Longest Word in English Takes 3.5 Hours to Pronounce

The longest word in English has 189,819 letters and would take you three and a half hours to pronounce correctly. Seriously. It's the chemical name of Titin (or connectin), a giant protein "that functions as a molecular spring which is responsible for the passive elasticity of muscle." You can listen to a guy… » 11/21/12 1:00am 11/21/12 1:00am

The Wacky Words That Are Now in the Oxford Dictionaries Online: LOLZ,…

Dictionaries exist in between a rock and a hard place: jump on new words too late and they look like a dinosaur, add in words too early and they're made into a mockery. Words are hard, yes, but some words don't exactly need defining like some of these just added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online. » 8/24/12 1:30am 8/24/12 1:30am

Road Sign Translation Snafu Proves Machines Are Less Lazy Than Humans

What happens when you ask a guy to translate something for you into a language you don't understand? This. The top part of the sign is in English, but when they emailed someone to translate that English into Welsh, the response actually said "I am not in the office at the moment. Please send any work to be… » 11/01/08 4:00pm 11/01/08 4:00pm

Question of the Day: Do You Consider Yourself a Fanboy?

The word fanboy gets thrown around a lot these days-so much so that Webster's decided to officially incorporate the term » 8/12/08 6:00pm 8/12/08 6:00pm into the English language. Generally speaking, when referring to someone as a fanboy it is intended to be derogatory-but the bottom line is that Fanboyism is the root of all great nerdy debates.…

Fanboy Is Now a Real English Word, Says Merriam-Webster

Yes, it's official: you now can be a fanboy by the power of Grayskull and the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, which says the word is now part of the English language. They arrive a little late, because the Oxford American Dictionary in Apple's Mac OS X Leopard running on my Apple iMac 24" shows it, and so does… » 7/08/08 8:12am 7/08/08 8:12am

Sharp and IBM's Real-Time Language Translator

So is this finally it? Is this the real-time language translator that will make talking with people in a foreign language as easy as it is in science fiction films, where it seems like everyone speaks English? Maybe. Sharp and IBM introduced this hand held device that the companies say can translate Japanese to… » 10/04/06 1:23pm 10/04/06 1:23pm