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Those double dots over the "o" and the "u"? There's a story there.

11 facts yü should know about the umlaut

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Belgian designer Adolphe Sax created the — you guessed it — saxophone.

15 words you didn't realize were named after people

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It's not an acronym.

Don't buy into nonsensical etymologies of the F-word

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Too cool for school.

18 apple varieties with badass names

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Hmmmm...

10 words with difficult-to-remember meanings

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Better ask the queen of the "y'all," Dolly Parton.

Can y'all be used to refer to a single person?

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Now those are some tricky words.

15 words plagued by unusual silent letters

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Behold: Attorneys General from around the world, including America's own Eric Holder.

26 fancy, unusual plurals that work like 'attorneys general'

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Come on, "kernel" Sanders.

Why is 'colonel' spelled that way?

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Don't worry, it's just a case of vasovagal syncope.

21 fancy medical terms for mundane problems

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The gangs of New York (and beyond) often had pretty interesting names...

15 awesome 19th-century street gang names

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Step up your Scrabble game!

11 common words that will boost your Scrabble score

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How do you pronounce it?

Why isn't 'Arkansas' pronounced like 'Kansas'?

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Which is it, again?

What's the difference between in- and un-?

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Oh, God, not...the passive voice.

Grammar quiz: Do you know the passive voice?

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Simmer down, teach.

Hey, grammar nerds! Stop freaking out about 'alot.'

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Yes, you're a quidnunc. Q-U-I-D-N-U-N-C.

11 classy insults with classical Greek and Latin roots

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Using "fetch" still only reveals that you are Gretchen Wieners.

7 language habits that reveal your age

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Costa Rica went on a giant-killing run before the Netherlands finally eliminated the upstarts.

Our 12 favorite World Cup words

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Stop it.

It's time to kill the word 'troll'

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