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  1. We Can Thank Alexander Hamilton For Giving Us These Words

    He may have been ūüé∂dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence, impoverished, in squalorūüé∂¬†… but by now we all know Alexander Hamilton grew up to be a hero and a scholar. However, did you know the first secretary of the treasury was also quite the linguist? Since Lin-Manuel Miranda turned Hamilton from a mysterious face on our $10 bill …

  2. Where Did The Word “Pizza” Come From, Anyway?

    The origin of the word¬†pizza The word pizza is Italian for pie, and we English borrowed (and loved it) from Italian in the 1930s. But just how that word wound up in the Italian language boggles etymologists. It may have come from the Latin pix meaning ‚Äúpitch‚ÄĚ or Greek pitta, but others say that it originated in a Langobardic¬†word bizzo meaning ‚Äúbite.‚ÄĚ Who made the …

  3. Famous Sayings That Became Catalysts For Social Change

    Phrases like sit-in or bra-burning might not currently mean much to you. But, these phrases (or calls to action), and the movements that coined them, are the reasons why we continue to fight for social justice today. A¬†catalyst¬†is “a person or thing that precipitates an event or change” (and that’s just one of the definitions of the word.¬† But back to these early calls to …

  4. Bullet Journaling And Other Writing Trends That Keep Coming Back

  5. Where Does Champagne Get Its Name?

    Champagne has been associated with luxury, special occasions, and rites of passage since the days of French royalty when kings were anointed with bubbly. But not just any bottle of the sparkly stuff gets to be called a champagne. Where did this festive libation get its name? And what makes a champagne a champagne? What champagne is made from Champagne is a sparkling wine made …

  6. The Surprisingly Religious Background Of “Golly,” “Gosh,” and “Gee”

    Gosh, golly, and gee¬†casually express surprise or excitement, right? Well, yes, but when they were first introduced to the English language, these short words had a much more serious origin and purpose. Where did¬†golly, gosh, and gee come from? While this folksy trio are¬†informal interjections,¬†they are also euphemistic alterations of the word God¬†or, in the case of gee, Jesus. The use of gosh predates golly …

  7. Old School Latin Phrases We’re Still Using in Everyday English

  8. Learn The History Of The New York Times Crossword Puzzle

    There are plenty of crossword puzzles in publications across the country, but when we think of the pinnacle of puzzledom (Not officially a word, but, perhaps, it should be?), the purveyors of the most preeminent puzzles, we bow to The New York Times (NYT). For more than 75 years, the NYT crossword puzzle has been stumping readers with its clever clues and then sending them …

  9. Cooking Terms Every Thanksgiving Foodie Should Know

  10. The Popular Story About Black Friday’s Name Is A Myth

    After Thanksgiving feasts come¬†Black Friday¬†sales. But, where did Black Friday come from? Black Friday myths While many people believe the term Black Friday finds its roots in the sense of black meaning ‚Äúshowing a profit; not showing any losses,‚ÄĚ this isn’t actually the case. Historically, black has been associated with days of economic stress as opposed to days of booming commercial success. The first Black …

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