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Matt writes about science, history, etymology and Bruce Springsteen for both the website and the print magazine. His work has also appeared in print and online for Men’s Health, Scientific American, The Atlantic, Philly.com and others. He tweets as @mattsoniak and blogs about animal behavior at mattsoniak.com. He lives in Philadelphia with his girlfriend, two cats and a large collection of bourbon whiskeys.
By the late 1700s, laborers adopted the insult to refer to workers who wouldn’t join a strike, a union, or take part in organized labor and undermined their fellow workers.
The shape of an animal’s pupils is a clue to its place in the food chain.
( )Parentheses (the single one is called a parenthesis), also known as curved brackets, have plenty of uses in everyday written language. Their most common use, as I’ve demonstrated already, is segregating subordinate material or asides. Usually, this is
The barrels we see around St. Bernards' necks in paintings and cartoons is the invention of an artist named Edwin Henry Landseer.
Speeders on targeted stretches of road are monitored from the ground and from the sky.
Pranksters claim putting someone’s hand in warm water while they sleep will make them wet the bed. Does this actually work?
One big factor in the divergence of the accents is something called 'rhotacism.'
While Judith Sheindlin was once a real, live judge, she’s not acting as one on her show.
If you thought modern-day dating was rough, just wait until you find out how these deep-sea dwellers get it on.
The story behind which orange came first involves Arab trade routes and a bunch of old phrases that mean 'orange apple.'
It’s another in a long line of etymologies that doesn’t have one clear-cut answer, but a few plausible (and interesting) possible explanations.