1. A Smack Of Jellyfish And Other Strange Animal Groups

    What do hunting and sexual desires have in common? We could point to several things, but from a linguistic point of view, we’re referring to the archaic word venery, which means both hunting (from the Latin venor) and sexual desire (from Latin veneria, referring to Venus). Strangely, terms of venery is a collective noun that means a group of animals. And, many of these animal …


    The United States of Diversity: Ebonics or AAVE’s United States of Diversity series Welcome back to our United States of Diversity series, where we travel the country exploring the minority languages, dialects, and people that live here. In this episode, we’re happy to give you our tribute to African American Vernacular English (AAVE). Also called Black English or Ebonics, a blend of the words ebony and phonics, AAVE is unfairly stigmatized and …


    Fah Who Foraze: The Magical Language Of Dr. Seuss

  4. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” in the Dictionary

  5. Spellbound: Magical History of Harry Potter Names

  6. Words We Wouldn’t Have Without Books

  7. Words All Book Lovers Should be Using

  8. Fictional Characters, Now Real Words

    These fictional characters had such unique personalities that their names became words in the English language.

  9. Real World Words of Harry Potter

    Do you know why we non-magical folks are referred to as muggles in the world of Harry Potter?

  10. 7 Words with Real Character