Back slang is kind of like a lexical puzzle that everyone from costermongers and criminals of the Victorian era to today’s Wordle fans can appreciate.
Need a better word to describe what ails you? Look no further than this list of old, unusual ways to describe your aches, pains, and whatever else is happening in your body.
When TVs became popular in the 20th century, some people started calling it ‘the tube.’ That nickname soon spawned an even catchier one: ‘the boob tube.’
All you need for this easy grammar check is a couple of pronouns you already know how to use correctly.
Pluralizing a last name can seem confusing—and it gets even more confusing when you want to make a name both plural and possessive. Here’s how to correctly do both.
The f-word is often thought of as the most useful and flexible word in English. Whether that’s true or not, the term is so successful that it’s spawned dozens of euphemisms. Here are a few of them.
Here’s why some homophone examples also work as homograph and homonym examples.
Here’s how to pronounce ‘Elie Wiesel,’ ‘Cixi,’ and 13 other famous names from history.
If you want to take your Spanish to the next level (or el siguiente nivel), why not brush up on these idioms?
Is it coleslaw or cold slaw? Deep-seated or deep-seeded? There are right answers, but the wrong ones seem kind of right, too.
Sometimes words move up in the world. Their meanings change with time, becoming more positive—a process linguists call amelioration.
The ‘laying vs. lying’ situation is tricky—but direct objects can help.
Though they’re sometimes used interchangeably, grilling and barbecuing describe distinct methods of outdoor cooking.
'The Canterbury Tales' author Geoffrey Chaucer's work spanned poetry and prose and ranged from the humorous to the scientific—but there's so much more to know about the "father of English poetry."
In this episode of The List Show, episode, we're breaking out some favorite old-timey insults that people should definitely start using again.
The connections between words aren’t always as straightforward as the link between run and runner; often, figuring them out requires the subtle unraveling of linguistic evolution, the kind of detective work that makes etymology so fascinating.
You may think you detest the word ‘moist’ because of the way it sounds, but research indicates that that’s not the full story.
Atlanta’s culture doesn’t just resonate to the suburbs—it hits every corner of the country. But there’s always a chance you could get caught off guard while visiting, so here’s a handy sampler of terms to know if you decide to hold it down in A-Town.
There’s a reason nobody’s referring to the missing ‘Titanic’ submersible as a submarine.
If you’ve been pronouncing Roald Dahl’s first name as “rolled,” you should read this.
A pronoun slip can be embarrassing, especially if you pride yourself on being generally good at using the language people have asked you to use. Why do pronoun slips happen, and why do we seem to mess up pronouns more than names or other gendered words?