The Funniest Words That Sound Dirty In Other Languages

Earlier today, we asked for help coming up with a word for that thing where a word is innocent in its native language, but sounds like a dirty word to foreign speakers. And not only did we come up with a word — "sordophone" — but also, a pretty impressive list of words that travelers should be careful about saying. » 1/02/15 4:12pm 1/02/15 4:12pm

Americanize, Anglicise: Why Do Brits And 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 color (colour), theater (theatre), and realize (realise). But how did this separation occur? » 12/15/14 11:32am 12/15/14 11:32am

​What's The Night Before Halloween Called? It Depends On Where You Live

Cabbage Night? Devil's Eye? The evening of October 30th has long been a time for pranks across the U.S., but as this map prepared by the Cambridge Online Survey of World Englishes reveals, the name for these nighttime "festivities" varies considerably depending on local traditions and dialects. » 10/29/14 9:30am 10/29/14 9:30am