Strange Football Terminology

On February 7, 2016, over 114 million viewers are expected to gather around television sets to watch Super Bowl 50. So to honor this American institution on such an important anniversary, this week’s blog honors the language of football with the stories behind some of the strangest football terms. Red Zone. The 20 yard line …

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5 Epic Language Moments in The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens exceeded audience expectations, and part of the secret was the film’s creative use of language. Here are five examples that show the power of great writing.

How many words do we speak in a lifetime?

How Many Words Do We Speak in a Lifetime?

While driving a car filled with teenagers, and for reasons that are obvious to any parent, a question entered my word-weary mind. “I wonder how many words the average person speaks in an entire lifetime?” After a little research it was revealed that in 1984, British writer, actor, broadcaster, self-professed Word Person and Scrabble fanatic, Gyles Brandreth, came up …

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15 English Language Peculiarities

You don’t have to look very far to find some real quirks in the English language. Here are fifteen of our favorite English language peculiarities.

Words That Contain the Word “Word”

This week’s article is especially for people who are truly obsessed with words. How many words can you name that contain the word “word” in it? Hmmm? Here are all the ones we could come up with: afterword afterwords backsword backswords broadsword broadswords buzzword buzzwords byword bywords catchword catchwords crossword crosswords cussword cusswords foreword forewords …

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Our Favorite Halloween Quotes

Got your costume? Halloween is almost here! Here are some great quotes about Halloween. “On Halloween, the parents sent their kids out looking like me.”Rodney Dangerfield “Charlie Brown is the one person I identify with. C.B. is such a loser. He wasn’t even the star of his own Halloween special.”Chris Rock “But I love Halloween, …

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All About Autumn

Do you love autumn? The colors on the trees. The nip in the air. This week’s blog post will instantly make you an expert on the origin of the word autumn. Autumn is the season between summer and winter (and yes, that would also be fall.) In the Northern Hemisphere it begins with the September …

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