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    What Does The Word “Summer” Really Mean?

    Summer is the season for basking in the warm sun and rejoicing in the freedom of vacation. So when the rest and relaxation is shooed away for cooler days and the start of school, it’s easy to forget that the summer season is far from over. Let’s take a look at the name summer and what it actually means and also answer that age-old question: …

  2. Cyclone vs. Typhoon vs. Hurricane: Are They All The Same?

    Are hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons distinct meteorological phenomena, or just different names for the same horrible type of storm? Cyclones explained Let’s start with cyclone, since it has the clearest and most precise definition of the three. A cyclone is “a large-scale, atmospheric wind-and-pressure system characterized by low pressure at its center and by circular wind motion.”  Cyclones spin “counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, clockwise in the …

  3. What Are The Different Names For Our Moon?

  4. Seven Essential Words Of Fall

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    Is An “Equinox” The Same As A “Solstice”?

    For centuries, humans have used different markers to note the changing seasons. The harvest moon has popularly been used to announce the fall, just as Groundhog Day tells us whether or not spring is on schedule. But, seasonal change owes much more to the equinox and the solstice than to groundhogs. What is an equinox? First, because we’re a dictionary and all, we’ll look at …

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    A Bug’s Life: Where Insects Get Their Names

  7. Wild Weather Words You Need To Know

  8. Why Do We Call Them Berries?

    The berry family is a linguistic invention particular to Germanic languages, like English. Other languages, like Spanish and French, do not combine the wide, diverse berry family into one group, but rather have very different words for blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. Where does the word berry come from? The word berry comes from the Old English berie, which originally meant “grape.” As the English language spread …

  9. A Smack Of Jellyfish And Other Strange Animal Groups

    What do hunting and sexual desires have in common? We could point to several things, but from a linguistic point of view, we’re referring to the archaic word venery, which means both hunting (from the Latin venor) and sexual desire (from Latin veneria, referring to Venus). Strangely, terms of venery is a collective noun that means a group of animals. And, many of these animal …

  10. Insect Armies! Terrifying Bug Groups Explained