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Why Is It Called "Rebooting"?

You hear the phrase all the time when you’re working with computers, especially on customer service calls: “Please reboot your computer.” Why do we use the word reboot to mean “turn it off and on again”? It all goes back to tech history — and to one of the most revolutionary aspects of these computing machines. » 4/24/15 9:01am 4/24/15 9:01am

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