1. Sometimes English takes it a step too far, does something so brazen and shameless we can’t just let it slide.

    Why is “colonel” spelled that way?

    Blame the French — and a little tactic called “dissimilation”


  2. 29 adorable slang terms for sex (from the last 600 years)

    When it comes to the ol’ houghmagandy, a little mystery goes a long way


  3. 11 classy insults with classical Greek and Latin roots

    Next time you punk a ructabunde, don’t be so excerebrose


  4. 7 language habits that reveal your age

    Do you use “they” in a singular form? You are probably not a member of the Greatest Generation.


  5. 5 words that are badly broken

    Some words are born from strange splits that were never meant to happen


  6. "GOOOOOOOOOOOAL!" is but one possibility

  7. Germans have a really hard time saying ‘squirrel’

    Watch this video and see for yourself




  10. The Russian version of “Let it Be” is…uh…different

    Everything’s happened before in the world

    People are always the same

    That’s how it was, it is, and always will be

    4 crazy, early foreign language versions of Beatles songs



  12. You’d think a Sauvignon Blanc characterized as smelling like cat pee would be awful. You’d be wrong.

    17 disgusting descriptions for delicious wines


  13. Sakte-TV

    The Language Council in Norway chose sakte-tv (slow-TV), reflecting the popularity of shows like “National Wood Fire Night,” a four-hour discussion of firewood followed by an eight-hour broadcast of a crackling fire. Some of the good competitors were rekkeviddeangst (range anxiety) — the fear that the battery of your electric car will run out before you can get to a charging station — and revelyd (fox sound) because, of course, Ylvis.

    13 words of the year from other countries