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Study: Two Spaces After a Period May Be Better Than One - The Atlantic

A new study proves that half of people are correct. The other is also correct.

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Quiz: Call the Grammar Police | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

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Commonly Misused Phrases That Will Make You Sound Unprofessional | Work Money

There’s a good chance you’ve said at least one of these phrases wrong to your boss – so it’s about time to learn how to get them right.

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27 fascinating maps that show how Americans speak English differently across the US

A survey of more than 30,000 people, turned into a series of maps, showcase the linguistic quirks that make American English such a fascinating dialect.

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Hear the Interviews that Helped Build the Dictionary of American Regional English | Mental Floss

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10 Long-Forgotten Expressions To Drop Into Conversation | Mental Floss

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Here's How British and American Spelling Parted Ways | Mental Floss

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45 Everyday Phrases Coined By Shakespeare | Anglophenia | BBC America

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Why Does 'Terrible' Mean Bad and 'Terrific' Mean Good? | Mental Floss

Terrible and terrific both come from terror. And they both used to mean terror-inducing. So how did they end up meaning such different things? Here's the story of how terrific and terrible became terrific and terrible.

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The Anatomy of a Grammar Nerd

Are you an Oxford comma enthusiast? Sure, you know the difference between between there, their, and they're, but would you consider yourself a true grammar nerd? While some people balk at the term, plenty of others embrace it.

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15 Common Expressions Younger Generations Won't Understand | Mental Floss

Here are 15 etymologies to answer the questions of future English speakers. Because the future is already here.

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Scrabble adds even more garbage words to its dictionary

Scrabble, once the sport of kings and their grandmothers, has made increasing inroads toward trying to chillax about its word restrictions, to name just one garbage portmanteau it allowed to slither into its official dictionary. Last year, it invited play

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Are Incomplete Sentences the New Thing Or...? | Mental Floss

How is language evolving on the internet? In this series on internet linguistics, Gretchen McCulloch breaks down the latest innovations in online communication.

Sometimes a sentence doesn't end where you'd expect, but. And yet somehow, you still know what the writer intended, so. This may be something you do all the time, or.

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Top 10 Grammar Myths | Mental Floss

Before you argue with me, read the whole explanation about why each of these is a myth.

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George III 'eccentric' drawing discovered hidden in British Library - Telegraph

An eccentric architectural plan thought to have been drawn by George III during his period of 'madness' was found hidden in a volume

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The top 10 words invented by writers | Books | The Guardian

‘Authorisms’ – neologisms coined by authors which have entered the wider language – have been enriching English for centuries. From Shakespeare to Joseph Heller, Paul Dickson selects his favourites

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Why Isn't 'Arkansas' Pronounced Like 'Kansas'? | Mental Floss

Kansas and Arkansas aren’t so far from each other on the map, but their names seem to want nothing to do with each other.

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12 Horrible Gobbledygook Words We Reluctantly Accepted

Years ago these words were considered hideous jargon, but over time we grew to accept them.