Word Facts

  1. “Strike” vs. “Boycott”: What’s The Difference In Their Demands?

    免费观看三级片_免费国产Av_免费国产黄片When Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man in Wisconsin, was shot several times in the back by police in late August 2020, the Milwaukee Bucks took a major stand. In an unprecedented move, this NBA team declared they would not be participating in their playoff game. But instead of playing basketball, was this team going on strike in solidarity of the social movement Black Lives …

  2. “Use To” vs. “Used To”: What’s The Difference?

    Remember as kids when we used to look forward to summer break every year? Unfortunately as we get older, we don’t have this mandated chunk of time off from work every year. But did we use to count down the days until school was out? Or did we used to look forward to the last day of school each year? Despite the minor difference—literally just …

  3. “Alpaca” vs. “Llama”: What Is The Difference?

    免费观看三级片_免费国产Av_免费国产黄片Move over flamingos, unicorns, and sloths, there’s another another animal that’s starting to take over as the trendy addition to mugs, clothing, and accessories. But are these adorable shaggy mammals popping up across home goods, clothing, and toys llamas? Or are these sweet, fluffy creatures that people adore called alpacas? And what’s the difference between the two? Despite being commonly mixed up, llamas and alpacas are …

  4. “Barbecuing,” “Grilling,” And “Smoking”: What’s The Difference?

    Every year as the weather heats up, grills are dusted off and meats and vegetables are thrown on the fire. To those in the West and many northern cities, this is barbecuing. Just don’t call it that in the South or parts of the Midwest like Kansas City, Mo., because in certain regions, not everything cooked on a grill is called barbecue. The word barbecue means different …

  5. Why Does September Come From The Word “Seven”?

    免费观看三级片_免费国产Av_免费国产黄片For many, the month of September signals the end of summer, the beginning of autumn, and the start of a new school year. With respect to the calendar, September marks the beginning of the series of months named after their numerical position in the year. Strangely enough, however, September is not named after the number nine. What does September mean? September comes from the Latin …

  6. What Are The ( ) { } [ ] And ⟨ ⟩?

    免费观看三级片_免费国产Av_免费国产黄片Though these symbols—( ), [ ], { }, and ⟨ ⟩—regularly appear in our books and screens, they all have odd, unexpected origins. What is the ( )? The most familiar of these symbols is probably the ( ), called parentheses. Fun fact: one of them is called a parenthesis, and as a pair, the plural are parentheses. Parenthesis literally means “to put beside,” from …

  7. “Net” vs. “Gross”: What Does This Difference Cost You?

    One of the basics of tennis is you never want to hit your ball into the net. Most people won’t confuse this mesh fabric divider that runs across the court with the word gross (even if botching an easy volley straight into the net might feel gross). But when talking about money, the line that divides net and gross profits isn’t as clear. What is the …

  8. “Ketchup” And Other Words That Come From Mandarin Or Cantonese

    Think you only speak English? Think again. While you may not be fluent or able to write in another language, the fact is that English consists largely of words we’ve borrowed from other languages. In fact, about 80 percent of the English language is made up of these loanwords.   It’s amazing really to think of how many languages you speak on a daily basis without …

  9. “Karen” vs. “Becky” vs. “Stacy”: How Different Are These Slang Terms?

    When it comes to certain white women these days, it doesn’t matter what lovely moniker their parents may have given them. They’ve also been deigned with the name Karen, Becky, or Stacy. Why? These common names are now shorthand for a certain kind of woman who either behaves badly or others like to complain about. As viral videos of Beckys blow up and the service industry …

  10. Words To Describe Your Worst Fights