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  1. The Dirtiest Words . . . That Aren’t

  2. Taser: A Surprising Acronym With An Unsettling Story

    Many people might be surprised to learn that the word taser is an acronym. The (debatable) non-lethal weapon that causes temporary paralysis was invented in the 1970s by a man named Jack Cover (who worked for NASA at one point). Cover aimed to create a non-lethal weapon that could be used in situations in which firing a real gun would prove fatal, like in an airplane hijacking. …

  3. Double Trouble With Double Negatives 

    What’s a double negative? A double negative is when two negative words or constructions are used within a single clause. Sentences with double negatives are not grammatically correct . . . and they’re confusing. That’s because double negatives cancel each other out and make a positive. So, when you use a double negative it ends up being the exact opposite of what you mean. You’ll …

  4. Weird Words For Crazy Urges We’ve All Had

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    Dictionary.com’s Top 10 Grammar Tips

  6. The Good And The Bad: Words That Can’t Choose

  7. Anaphora: Why “I Have a Dream” Was Pure Poetry

    What is anaphora? Anaphora is the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of consecutive sentences, poetry stanzas, or clauses within a sentence. It can be as short as a single word, such as I, when, or and. It can also involve several words, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s anaphoral phrase “I have a dream.” Anaphoral phrases are rarely longer than a few …

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  9. Ghost Words That Are Haunting The Dictionary

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