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Legend has it that President Grant’s frequent drinking in the lobby gave rise to the term “lobbyist.”
Added by Elliot Carter
Waxhaw, North Carolina
The Museum of the Alphabet
Trace the history of writing at this unusual North Carolina destination.
Added by GWS
Why This Court Decision Hinged on the Oxford Comma
"For want of a comma, we have this case," a federal judge wrote.
March 15, 2017
Boontling Language of Boonville
A local dialect born in the late 19th century is only spoken in this isolated California valley.
Added by hj2fowler
Remembering Nüshu, the 19th-Century Chinese Script Only Women Could Write
This gender-specific practice continues to fade with time.
February 16, 2017
The True Origins of the Phrase 'Bleeding-Heart Liberal'
Thank Westbrook Pegler, Joe McCarthy, and Ronald Reagan.
February 15, 2017
Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
The Ruthwell Cross
An Anglo-Saxon cross inscribed with possibly the oldest written work of English literature.
Added by tim lapointe
The Mystery and Occasional Poetry of, Uh, Filled Pauses
They are especially unusual in Japanese.
January 27, 2017
Pauli Bellet Foundation
One of the largest collections of Catalan literature and cultural materials outside of Spain, created by a community of 1960s expats.
Added by markswartz123
Why Do Canadians Say 'Eh'?
The story behind Canada’s most distinctive verbal tic.
January 10, 2017
How a Blind Doctor's 'Moon Code' Helped Thousands Read Again
In the 1840s, Dr. William Moon remade the Roman alphabet to help his students.
January 06, 2017
The Highbrow Struggles of Translating Modern Children's Books Into Latin
What's the best way to translate Dr. Seuss' works in a dead language?
December 28, 2016
Whether You Say Freakin', Friggin', Or Frickin' Depends On Where You’re From
F-word substitutes vary by region.
December 15, 2016
See One Woman's Amazing Project to Save a Vanishing Native American Language
Marie Wilcox has created a dictionary to protect Wukchumni from extinction.
December 02, 2016
How '1-Up' Went From Pinball to Gamer Speak
Turns out Mario mushrooms owe a lot to pinball machines.
November 09, 2016
Let's Choose a New Name for 'Indian Summer'
There are many excellent options.
October 18, 2016
A Brief History of the Evolution of Locker Room Talk
It used to mostly be about golf.
October 11, 2016
Across Human Language, Some Basic Vocabulary Words Sound the Same
A massive analysis of two-thirds of the world's languages found some words are associated with specific sounds.
September 15, 2016
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