An Online Dictionary Plans to Catalog a Million Emerging English Words

With viral memes and hashtags sweeping the internet on the daily, language is evolving faster than conventional dictionaries can keep up. You may have been “procrastatweeting” about the “popepocalypse” last week, but the stalwart publishers of the Oxford English won’t give your neologisms official recognition for… »10/03/15 3:00pm10/03/15 3:00pm

Do animals have their own language and can they talk to each other?

Can animals understand each other? And if they do, do they communicate through language? Is their language sophisticated enough to combine sounds into meaning in some grammatical sense? And can they talk about things that aren’t right in front of them? A lot of them can do some of those things! »9/11/15 5:12am9/11/15 5:12am

15 Common English Words That You Probably Didn't Know Were Still Trademarked

The English language is a voracious eater, consuming words and digesting them into whole new things. Sometimes words that used to be trademarked by companies pass into generic use—like escalator, thermos, and aspirin. And sometimes words live in limbo: still trademarked, but used all the time as generic terms. Here… »9/02/15 4:30pm9/02/15 4:30pm

Where did the word OK come from and what does it actually mean?

We say it almost everyday. When friends text to meet at 7. Ok. When your boss hands you an assignment. Ok. When you need to pay the bill. Ok. And so on. But where did that term come from? What did it first mean? This interesting word breakdown from Arika Okrent dives into the real origin of OK and reveals how it’s… »7/06/15 11:54pm7/06/15 11:54pm

6 Sites and Apps to Help You Learn a Language for Free

Learning a foreign language boosts brain activity, broadens your cultural horizons, and helps you avoid catastrophes when ordering from a menu in an unfamiliar country. You don’t necessarily have to sign up for classes or pay for a course to get started though—these sites and apps will get you on your way for free. »5/04/15 10:53am5/04/15 10:53am