Origins

  1. 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. …

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

  3. “Wife Beater” Shirt? Take It To The Trash!

    How did a violent term become a piece of clothing? We’re in a bubbling cauldron of gender issues, and they’re boiling to the surface. To contribute to this heated discussion, we think there’s no better time to take wife beater, the slang term for that ubiquitous sleeveless white shirt, to the dump for good. But, how did the violent term become associated with a piece …

  4. Singsong Phrases That Have Musical Backstories

  5. Ghost Words That Are Haunting The Dictionary

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    Burpees And Other Exercises Explained

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    Words of the 20s: What Dapper Flappers Used to Say

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    Lyrics We Totally Didn’t Get As Kids

  9. Non-Traditional Holidays We Should Be Celebrating

  10. What’s The Difference Between “i.e.” And “e.g.”?

    What’s the difference between i.e. and e.g.? They may be small, but their power to befuddle writers and speakers of the English language is mighty. The term i.e. is a shortening of the Latin expression id est, which translates to “that is.” It is used to introduce a rephrasing or elaboration on something that has already been stated. The term e.g. is an abbreviation of …