From the courts to the morgue, if the government doesn't know someone's name or wants to withhold it, they give them one of these as a placeholder. Why?
Clichés are viewed as a sign of lazy writing, but they didn’t develop that reputation over night.
Some nouns only have a plural form, regardless of how we think of them. They are known as ‘pluralia tantum,’ Latin for “plural only.”
To paraphrase Krusty the Clown, comedy isn’t dirty words—it’s words that sound dirty. Here are 50 of them.
Tin foil and aluminum foil are not the same thing.
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.
“10-4” isn’t any quicker than saying “OK.” But it is a storied trucker tradition.
From ‘cakewalk’ to ‘no can do,’ the origins of these common idioms and sayings are surprisingly dark.
The words ‘fall’ and ‘autumn’ appeared around the same time in Great Britain, but only one of the seasonal names is still used there today.
Try spicing your fall with a few of these rustic charmers, drawn from the pages of Washington Irving.
“The Drinkers Dictionary,” published by Franklin in the ‘Pennsylvania Gazette’ in January 1737, features terms like ‘nimptopsical’ and ‘cherubimical’ as synonyms for ‘drunk.’
You’ll be chuffed after you read this peng British slang list, with bare terms that will keep you from looking like a pillock.
Non-Philadelphians can finally look up the meaning of ‘jawn’ in the dictionary.
Stick these terms in your cauldron and pass them around your coven.
History is filled with figures who were single-handedly—yet often undeservedly—held responsible for epic societal failures. But what do goats have to do with it?
We don’t know how these Victorian slang terms ever fell out of fashion, but we propose bringing them back, as soon as possible.
Many bad words come and go, but these six have withstood the tests of time. Here’s how they came to be.
These sentences are sure to make you scratch your head.
There are a dozen historical figures’ names hidden in the word search—the first three you spot are coming to your next dinner party.