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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.
If "the cat's out of the bag," you've revealed a secret.

25 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.
Names were often mispronounced in 2019.

Here are the most mispronounced words of 2019

People struggled to pronounce the names of celebrities such as soccer captain Megan Rapinoe, activist Greta Thunberg, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Abby Lockhart, a nurse on ER played by Maura Tierney.

Nurses reveal the meaning of code words they use that patients don’t understand

Want to be a better-informed patient? We compiled a list of the code words a nurse would use and exactly what they mean.

30 words you won’t believe were added to the dictionary in the last decade

The Oxford English Dictionary adds new words on a regular basis to reflect new cultural phenomena, but some of these words are just unbelievable.

11 slang words from the last decade that we love

In a decade that saw a massive expansion in social media, slang is spreading faster than ever. Here are our favorite slang words from the 2010s.

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.
A dictionary in the Rensselaerville Public Library in Rensselaerville, New York.

15 great words that will make you sound smarter

Even if you consider yourself a walking dictionary, there's always room for a few more great words in your vocabulary — especially these 15 terms that people should really be using way more often.
Certain words can leave some people perplexed.

Today is National Dictionary Day — here are the 10 most confusing words in the English language, according to Merriam-Webster

The most-looked up words in the Merriam-Webster's dictionary give us a peek into the most confusing words in the English language.

12 common grammar mistakes you’re probably making right now (and how to avoid them)

These all-too-common mistakes stem from confusion over when to use which word or phrase: fewer vs. less, it's vs. its, and then vs. than.