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  1. 8 Election Words To Know Before You Vote

  2. Made-up Words Said By The People In Charge

  3. Why November Is The 11th Month

    A new November has arrived, and whether it means pulling out your winter coat, adding another blanket to your bed, or searching for the perfect pumpkin pie recipe, it’s time to begin preparation for the winter months. The etymology of our 11th month, however, speaks little to its role in the course of the year. November follows the same pattern as the months before it, …

  4. The Most Notorious Nicknames In History

    Nicknames are usually cute endearments we give to friends or loved ones. But sometimes, we attribute nicknames to infamous figures of notoriety. Think "Ivan the Terrible" or "The Butcher of Bosnia" or Vlad the Impaler." Here are the most notorious nicknames in history.

  5. Why Do We Say “Trick or Treat”?

    It’s many kids’ favorite part of Halloween. There’s no feeling quite like waiting for a stranger to open their door so you can scream the words “Trick or treat!” But, why do we say it? What does it actually mean? Where does the phrase trick-or-treat come from? While some identify precursors to trick-or-treating in ancient Celtic customs, modern trick-or-treating is a thought to be custom borrowed …

  6. Where Does The “Een” In “Halloween” Come From?

    Halloween is primarily marked by putting on a disguise and asking for candy, but Halloween draws on two historic celebrations: the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holiday All Saints’ Day. The spooky festival’s name, however, comes from only one. Why is it called Halloween? Samhain is an Celtic word that some scholars think means “summer’s end,” and it marks the beginning of …

  7. Who Is Jack In Jack-o’-lantern, Anyway?

    This month thousands of Americans will scoop out the flesh of a gourd, carefully carve a haunting face into its rind, and stick a candle inside. The creations are called  jack-o’-lanterns , and they will be proudly displayed on porches and stoops across the country. But who, or what, is the namesake of this autumn tradition? Who are jack-o’-lanterns named for? Jack has been a general term …

  8. The Loaded History Of “Shitfaced”

    Here's a little-known origin story of one of our most loaded words ...
  9. What’s The Origin Of The F-word?

    It’s one of the most versatile words in the English language, but where did the  F-word  really come from? Originally, the naughtiest of naughty words was actually quite an acceptable word, though no English speaker would say that today. F-ck  is believed to have first showed up in written form some time in the 1400s, and it was disguised in a cypher, although it was …

  10. What Does Amen Mean At The End Of A Prayer?

    Weekends are when many Americans gather in their respective houses of worship and repeat the same word: amen . But, what does the word mean? And, why do people say it? Origins of amen Amen is commonly used after a prayer, creed , or other formal statement. It is spoken to express solemn ratification or agreement. It means “it is so” or “so it be.” …

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