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  1. English Words That Came From Hindi And Urdu

    How many words from Hindi and Urdu do you know? Well, if you’re one of the approximately 70 million speakers of Urdu and 425 million of Hindi, then, well, you know a lot—and that’s only counting native speakers. Millions more speak Urdu and Hindi as a second language all around the globe, making them, combined, one of the most spoken languages.  But even if you …

  2. What Is The Origin Of The Term “Nymphomaniac”

    The term nymphomaniac may sound dirty or risque today. But back in Ancient Greece -- well, it also was dirty and risque. Take a look at the origin story of this word!
  3. Which Overachiever Is August Named For?

    If you’re in Europe, it’s likely you’re taking an extended holiday during the month of August. If you’re anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, you might just be trying to stay cool. August, a word that means “inspiring reverence or admiration,” is the name of the eighth month of the year in our Gregorian calendar. It’s the sixth month of the ancient Roman calendar used by the Roman kingdom …

  4. What Is The Origin Of The Word “Bamboozle”?

    Bamboozle is one of those words that has been confounding etymologists for centuries. No one knows for sure what its origins are.
  5. What Does It Mean To Be Clairvoyant?

    In the 19th century, the term clairvoyant was widely used in a medical context. So when did it change?
  6. Is “Silly” A Positive Or Negative Word?

    Silly means "weak-minded or lacking good sense; stupid or foolish: a silly writer," or "absurd; ridiculous; irrational: a silly idea," or "stunned; dazed." But, did it always mean these things? Why does everyone think it's such an endearing word?
  7. These Wacky Words Originated In The USA

  8. How The Month Of July Got Its Name

    The month of July, unlike June, is named for a mortal, albeit one who devised and ruled an empire. Julius Caesar was a Roman general, statesman, and historian who conquered Gaul (what is now part of Italy, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands), changed the structure of the Roman government into a dictatorship, was assassinated in legendary fashion, and most importantly for our purposes, helped make the calendar what it is today. …

  9. These Common Words Have Offensive Histories

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    The Oldest Words In The English Language