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  1. Why Do “Left” And “Right” Mean Liberal And Conservative?

    In election years, the words left and right more often bring to mind the political spectrum than they do directions in space. But, how did liberal politics become associated with the word left, anyways? And why are conservatives labelled as right? You know how we always warn you to be skeptical of origin stories that sound too good to be true? Well, the history of …

  2. What Do The Latin Phrases And Symbols On The Dollar Bill Mean?

    Whether you call it a buck, a single, a one, or a bill, the linen and cotton-blend currency resting in your wallet at this very moment contains a smorgasbord of images, symbols and Latin phrases—some hidden in plain sight. What do they mean and, once deciphered, can they unlock a series of veiled messages from our forefathers? Where does the word dollar come from? The …

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    The Oldest Words In The English Language

  4. Black Lives Matter And 9 Other Influential Calls To Action You Should Know

    Black Lives Matter is a powerful political and social movement aiming to ensure basic human rights for Black people. Many people are familiar with the name of the movement as it is used amid protests against violence inflicted on Black people involving police officers, including the death of George Floyd in 2020. As the movement has expanded all around the world, many may not know …

  5. What Is “Maundy Thursday,” And What Does “Maundy” Mean?

    No, Maundy Thursday is not a typo for Monday Thursday. Maundy Thursday—also known as Holy Thursday and Sheer Thursday, among other names—is a Christian holy day that commemorates events known as the Washing of the Feet and the Last Supper.  This day is part of the Holy Week leading up to Easter. Maundy Thursday comes after Holy Wednesday, and is followed immediately by Good Friday, …

  6. How Did April 1 Become “April Fools’ Day”?

    For pranksters and mischievous older siblings all around the world, April Fools’ Day, also called All Fools’ Day, is as eagerly anticipated as Christmas. After all, what other holiday encourages you to think up practical jokes and fool’s errands, from swapping your spouse’s keys to tricking your friend into thinking their car got towed? (Not cool, Steve.) But how did this odd, prank-centric holiday come …

  7. Origins And Uses Of 8 Common Sign-Offs

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    Deepen Your Understanding Of Black History With These 10 Essential Terms

  9. Learn More About These Powerful Words From Martin Luther King Jr.

    Every year since 1986, the United States has observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the third Monday in January. The national holiday honors a man who not only was an inspirational civil rights activist during the 1960s, but also one of the greatest orators of our time. King wrote five books during his lifetime, and at one point was estimated to deliver up to …

  10. Why Is Friday The 13th Unlucky?

    Can you honestly say that you’ve never felt a slight pang of concern when waking up on the morning of Friday the 13th? You’re not alone. Maybe it’s triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number 13, that gets you down. But, if 13s don’t bother you unless it’s Friday, you might be susceptible to what’s sometimes known as paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia, instead. Whether you plan on …