The Language of Silicon Valley is Slowly Poisoning Our Brains

"Cloud Storage For Your Physical Stuff." Does that phrase make sense to you? If you're breathing the noxious fumes wafting from Silicon Valley, perhaps it does. But should it? Should that be a thing we can say with a straight face without seriously re-examining the way we talk about our world? » 5/01/14 4:43pm 5/01/14 4:43pm

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

What words were invented the year you were born?

As far as humans are concerned, the world didn't exist until, well, they existed. That means anything that happened before you were born is mere fairy tales and make believe conversation. But what about those words that filled those tales and conversations? When did they start existing? When were those words born?… » 12/20/13 10:56pm 12/20/13 10:56pm

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

Google's Definition of Literally Literally Isn't Literal

Grammar loving folks who love to point out where commas should be inserted instead of periods and how semi-colons are both simultaneously underused and overused, should pick up their red pens, furrowed brows and pitchforks at the fact that the definition of literally is literally no longer the literal definition of… » 8/14/13 8:38pm 8/14/13 8:38pm

The Longest Words in Different Languages Are So Fun to Say

Though we know the real longest word in English takes three and a half hours to pronounce, more reasonable ones can be done in less than five million breaths. Like these ones! This video lets you hear the longest word in different languages like Czech, Danish, Slovenian, Dutch, etc. and boy some of them are a doozy.… » 8/06/13 11:00pm 8/06/13 11:00pm

How Many of These 79 Words Can You Actually Pronounce?

I make an ass out of myself at least twice a month from butchering the pronunciation of a word. It's always embarrassing! There's only two things you can do when you have no idea how to say something, either quietly whisper but quickly gloss over the word so no one hears you or say it with such complete confidence… » 7/31/13 10:30pm 7/31/13 10:30pm

The Creator of the GIF Says It's Pronounced JIF. He Is Wrong

Along with whether or not Al Gore invented the Internet, figuring out the correct pronunciation of GIF is one of the earliest questions of the Internet. I grew up believing it was hard-G GIF. Most people I know pronounce it like that too. Even the White House agreed on pronouncing GIF like 'gift'. But we have to… » 5/21/13 8:00pm 5/21/13 8:00pm

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