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Word Origins

Here's The Real Story Of Where This Expression Comes From

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.11.2014 | Science

"OK" is certainly one of the most common expressions in the English language--and one of the most versatile. After all, it can be used as an adjective...

13 Words You Probably Didn't Know Were Coined By Authors

Paul Anthony Jones | Posted 04.22.2014 | Books
Paul Anthony Jones

Shakespeare isn't the be-all and end-all of course (that's another of his by the way). English has had its fair share of literary giants over the years who, from Chaucer and Milton to Dickens and even Dr. Seuss, have each contributed words to our language.

Zoë Triska

These Words You Use Every Day Have Racist/Prejudiced Pasts, And You Had No Idea | Zoë Triska | Posted 10.25.2013 | Books

When I was a kid, everyone used the phrase Indian giver. We didn't even think about it. We weren't reprimanded by teachers, either. Admittedly, I went...

Where Does 'Twerking' Come From?

| Posted 08.27.2013 | Books

Originally posted on the OUP blog by Anatoly Liberman: I decided to throw a look at a few tw-words while writing my previous post on the origin of...

7 Ridiculous Origins Of Everyday Words | Posted 12.22.2011 | Comedy