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Mario’s Word of the Week

Glove and Boots presents a vintage video as Mario toys with a new word: en masse.

Lilting Sounds of German

Experience how German sounds in comparison to other languages. H/T Ed Driscoll

What Is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia affects up to 1 in 5 people, but the experience of dyslexia isn’t always the same. This difficulty in processing language exists along a spectrum — one that doesn’t necessarily fit with labels like “normal” and “defective.” Kelli Sandman-Hurley urges us to think again about dyslexic brain function and to celebrate the neurodiversity of the human brain.

A Slobber of Dogs

Pleated Jeans’ Jeff Wysaski suggests better names for groups of animals. For instance, why call them a herd of yaks when a pack of yaks sounds so much better?

Better Names for Things

Jeff Wysaski heads to another store and swaps its signage with more logical names for things. You’re welcome, Lowe’s. H/T Pleated Jeans

16 Words Missing from English

The English language can be dull. Here are some words we need to have English equivalents for. H/T BuzzFeed

Hearse of Different Colors

Today, we recognize the word hearse as a vehicle that carries a coffin to a funeral. Jessica Oreck explains how this word has, at various times, described a wolf, a rake and a frame, eventually landing at its meaning today. H/T TEDEducation

Mysteries of the Vernacular

Clue or clew? Before the word clue became associated with mystery novels, it meant a ball of string or thread, a definition dating back to Greek mythology. Jessica Oreck unravels this mystery of the vernacular. H/T TEDEducation

What Is Verbal Irony?

At face value, the lines between verbal irony, sarcasm, and compliments can be blurry. After all, the phrase ‘That looks nice’ could be all three depending on the circumstances. In the final of a three part series on irony, Christopher Warner gets into the irony you may use most often and most casually: verbal irony.

Name That Animal

What’s in a name? Quite a lot actually. Sally Le Page with Shed Science shares the stories behind six of the most interesting animal species names from the misconceptions around apes and monkeys to the downright bizarre Beyonce horsefly.

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