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The first thing you should do when you start a crossword puzzle

Crossword experts recommend some basic strategies if you're trying to get your puzzle-solving skills off the ground.

We can thank FDR for the word ‘iffy’ and Trump for ‘fake news’ — here are 13 words US presidents brought into everyday E...

Presidents from Abraham Lincoln to Donald Trump have popularized common English words we use every day.
Not all compliments make people feel good.

10 backhanded compliments that aren’t compliments at all

Not all compliments are appropriate. Here are 10 backhanded compliments that are actually offensive.
Expand your vocabulary.

21 synonyms that will make you sound smarter

Don't be pusillanimous — use one of these words the next time you want to sound smart.
Words like "y'all" are region-specific.

16 popular slang words you’ll only hear in certain regions of the US

Words like "y'all," "wicked," "ope," and "ginder" are all specific to certain regions in the US.
Homographs are words that are spelled the same but have multiple meanings.

10 words in the English language with the most definitions

The word "run" is anticipated to have approximately 645 different meanings in the next Oxford English Dictionary, set for a 2037 release.

This list of every ‘Word of the Year’ is like taking a trip through time

Every year since 1990, the American Dialect Society holds "the Super Bowl of linguistics" — to crown the word that defined the year.
There are some words with multiple meanings.

20 words that are spelled the same but have different meanings

Words like "bat," "desert," "wind," and "clip" all have multiple meanings but are confusingly spelled the same way.

11 reasons the English language is impossible to learn

The English language has a lot of weird spelling, grammar, and pronunciation rules. Here are 11 of its anomalies that make it difficult to learn.
If "the cat's out of the bag," you've revealed a secret.

22 phrases Americans say that leave foreigners completely stumped

American idioms can be colorful, and confusing to visitors from abroad. These American phrases leave some people completely stumped.