Word Facts

  1. The Longest English Words

  2. Two Nerdy Steps To Take To Improve Your Vocabulary

    When we asked this woman the difference between lay and lie ... she couldn't answer right away. Maybe her nerdy steps to learn how to use these words will help you learn the difference between lay and lie too?
  3. Nobody’s Blinkered When Taking This Quiz

    This Word of the Day Quiz will give you some great fodder for your next causerie. If the quiz doesn’t display, please try opening in the Chrome browser.   Interested in Words of the Day from the past? Check out this one that we brought to life … Not sure what some of the definitions of these words mean? We found some items (linked below) …

  4. Moribund: Visual Word of the Day

    Learn more about this Word of the Day here.
  5. Physics@Brock

    Inertia vs. Momentum: Which Keeps You Moving?

    Science is real. Science is cool. Science uses a lot of terms that we all think we know. But, do we really know what we are talking about? In the spirit of scientific community and understanding, let’s clear up one big scientific misconception that we all get wrong … Pop quiz: Is it momentum or inertia that keeps you moving? Here’s a hint: In science, inertia is …

  6. Boston Rare Maps

    What Does Wag the Dog Mean?

    If you aren’t immersed in politics on the daily, through social media, the news, or just casual conversation, you might not be aware that the phrase wag the dog has become pretty poignant political jargon. But, how did it end up in the political lexicon and where did this seemingly innocent-sounding idiom come from? Below is our rendition of the brief history of the word trends …

  7. Common Words With Uncommon Opposites

    As we all know every lone sock has a long-lost twin, some words we use every day also have pairs that we just forgot about. Here are some of the English language’s best uncommon opposites.
  8. Soccer Terms For When The World Cup Is The Only Thing On TV

  9. Motherland vs. Fatherland

    The terms motherland and fatherland both refer to one’s native country, one’s country of origin, or the home of one’s ancestors. But, why do some countries say motherland and others fatherland? Whether a particular group uses motherland or fatherland seems to be a matter of custom. It’s unusual for a group to use both. Noah Webster’s The American Dictionary of the English Language, from 1847, referred to motherland …

  10. Words That Are Their Own Opposites

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