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Don't you love the internet? It's given people a place to spread their opinions far and wide, no matter how much or little they actually know about what they're saying. On the internet, everyone can pretend to be an expert. There's some good news among all these depressing truths, however: we've dug up the perfect word to be used against these people next time they try to argue with you.


We all know about avocados - delicious, green, creamy, expensive, irresistible to hipsters and guaranteed to keep you from buying a house. But have you ever stopped to question just why an avocado is called an avocado? The answer, perhaps unsurprisingly, has to do with humanity's unending obsession with genitalia.


As a linguistic phrase, OK is something of a phenomenon, travelling from American English into hundreds of other languages. And there are tons of myths about how OK emerged to mean that things are hunky-dory. But which story is correct? The truth is a little bit goofy.