Is This Smiley Face From 1648 The Very First Emoticon?

Depending on who you're talking to, emoticons have been adding drama to our typefaces since 1982, possibly even as early as the late 1960s. But was the emoticon actually invented 300 years earlier by an English poet? » 4/14/14 10:27am 4/14/14 10:27am

Do the Words You Need Not Exist Yet? Good, Let's Make Some Up!

The folks over at Language Log are calling the word tuhao (definition: bling) "the hottest term on the Chinese internet these days." Today, we want to know your favorite new words spawned by the internet. Is the word you need not yet flying all over the interwebs? Then now is exactly the right time to propose it. » 11/13/13 7:00am 11/13/13 7:00am

Learn odd and obscure words with this illustrated alphabet

From Acersecomic (a person whose hair has never been cut) to Zugzwang (a position in which any decision or move will result in problems), Project Twins' A-Z of Unusual Words illustrates the English language's forgotten vocabulary. These words probably won't show up on the SAT, but they're fun to learn nonetheless. » 7/03/12 1:40pm 7/03/12 1:40pm