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Why Americans Spell English Words Differently

Have you ever wondered why Americans and British/Aussies spell English differently? How are colour and colour the same word? Centre and center? What’s up with that? It’s all thanks to Noah Webster (yeah, the Webster of Merriam-Webster). When America gained independence, Webster wanted to simplify unreasonable spellings that were handed down from the British.

Is 'Braggadocious' A Real Word?

At yesterday’s US presidential debate, Donald Trump said this: “I have a tremendous income. And the reason I say that is not in a braggadocious way”. It left a lot of people scratching their heads as to whether he made the word up. We did some research to find the answer.

From 'Battered Sav' To 'Bogan': The Aussiest Words Added To The Australian National Dictionary

Today, the Australian National Dictionary received its first update in 28 years. More than 6000 Australian words, phrases and idioms have been added, including ‘battered sav’, ‘chiko roll’, ‘babyccino’, ‘goon bag’ and ‘bogan’. Here are some official “dinki di” phrases that made the cut.

30 Words You're Probably Mispronouncing

Dictionary.com has updated its list of commonly mispronounced English words. We’ve included them below; along with links to the proper pronunciations.

Explained: The 33 Gender Identities Recognised By The Australian Sex Survey

The acronym “LGBT” was once considered sufficiently representational of non-heterosexual sexuality and gender types. Well, it looks like we’re going to need a few more letters. A new Australian sex survey conducted by researchers at The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has listed a whopping 33 options under the question “Which of the following terms do you feel best describes your gender?”. Here’s the full list, along with definitions of what they represent.

15 Grammar Mistakes That Make You Look Stupid [Infographic]

We all make grammar mistakes from time to time. Usually it’s because you’re in a rush, writing informally or simply not devoting your full attention to the task at hand. While the odd grammatical snafu is forgivable, there are some errors you definitely need to avoid. This infographic looks at 15 bone-headed stuff-ups that will cause anyone reading to seriously question your intelligence.

128 Words You Can Use Instead Of 'Very'

Our English teachers told us to avoid the word “very” because it’s weak and vague. They were right, and many times, we use “very” as a modifier for a word that could easily be replaced with a stronger, more accurate word. This infographic tells you what to use instead.

Why Do Yanks Spell Words Differently?

“The United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language.” So goes the old chestnut commonly attributed to playwright George Bernard Shaw. One of those separations is in the spelling of words like colour (color), theatre (theater), and realise (realize). But how did this separation occur?

What's The Difference Between A CV And Resume?

The phrases “Curriculum Vitae” (CV for short) and “resume” are often used interchangeably by job listings and prospective employees alike. Is there actually any difference, or is it just a case of choosing your favourite synonym? While undoubtedly similar, resumes and CVs aren’t quite the same thing. Here’s a quick explainer.

How To Invent Your Own Fantasy Language

Quenya, Sindarin, Klingon and Dothraki – there’s an art to making up languages. If you’re working on your own epic fantasy series or are just interested in linguistic, here are some tips to creating your own Tolkien-style language.

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