23 Per Cent of Americans Think MP3 is a Robot From Star Wars

A survey of some non-nerdy Americans threw up some baffling holes in the knowledge of the nation, with 11 per cent of people asked thinking "HTML" is a form of sexually-transmitted disease and 12 per cent thinking "USB" is the acronym of a European country. You'd never get answers that stupid in the United States of Britain. Read More >>

"Selfie" is Officially the 2013 Word of the Year

Time to fire up Instagram and party like it's, um, 2013, because 'selfie' has been named the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year. Read More >>

The Top Words of the Year Are "404" and "Fail"

No matter how you feel about 2013 it's depressing to learn that the two most popular words of the year, according to the Global Language Monitor, are "404" and "fail". You can't paint a clearer picture than that. Read More >>

Selfie, Derp and Phablet Are Now Words in the Oxford Dictionaries Online

Because language doesn't really matter anymore to the Internet, words that people use online all the time (even though people are often too embarrassed to say them aloud in real life) are now part of the dictionary. The Oxford Dictionaries Online is adding these wonky words to its dictionary: twerk, phablet, derp, selfie, bitcoin, vom and more. Read More >>

Google's Word Definitions Just Got Way More Useful

While Google's word definitions may literally be a little odd at times, the "define word" search command is incredibly convenient — and it's now got a whole lot more useful, too. Read More >>

Google's Definition of Literally Is Not the Literal Definition

Grammar-loving folks who love to point out where commas should be inserted instead of periods, and how semi-colons are both simultaneously underused and overused, should pick up their red pens, furrowed brows and pitchforks at the fact that the definition of literally is literally no longer the literal definition of literally. The trolls who say "literally" when they're being completely non-literal and say it as an exaggeration or emphasising something have won. Read More >>

The Longest Words in Different Languages are So Much Fun to Say

Though we know the real longest word in English takes three and a half hours to pronounce, more reasonable ones can be done in less than five million breaths. Like these! This video lets you hear the longest word in different languages like Czech, Danish, Slovenian, Dutch, etc. and boy some of them are a doozy. Read More >>

How Many of These 79 Words Can You Actually Pronounce?

I make an arse out of myself at least twice a month from butchering the pronunciation of a word. There are only two things you can do when you have no idea how to say something -- either quietly whisper but quickly gloss over the word so no one hears you, or say it with such complete confidence that you confuse the hell out of people who really do know how it's pronounced. Read More >>

Russia Wants a More "Civilised" Internet by Banning Swearing

The chairwoman of Russia's Committee on Family, Women and Children wants to make the internet a less angry place by banning swearing, with web site managers given 24 hours to delete offending content or face punishment. Is Russia trying to one-up the Great Firewall of Cameron? Read More >>

Twitter Tweeting Added to Oxford English Dictionary as it "Seems to be Catching on"

The word "tweet" has been around for quite some time, as it historically refers to that whistling sound some birds do. However, the Oxford English Dictionary is now adding it as a noun and verb, describing it as meaning "to post (a message, item of information, etc.) on Twitter." Read More >>

The Creator of the GIF Says It's Pronounced JIF. He Is Wrong

Along with whether or not the Internet is 98 per cent porn, figuring out the correct pronunciation of GIF is one of the earliest questions of the Internet. I grew up believing it was hard-G GIF. Most people I know pronounce it like that too. Even the White House agreed on pronouncing GIF like 'gift'. But we have to re-evaluate the whole argument again because the inventor of GIF — PAPA GIF Steve Wilhite — says its pronounced JIF. What. The. Hell. Read More >>

All the Authentic Classical British Swearing From Game of Thrones

Obviously this one isn't safe for work, not unless you're watching the above video on a building site through a mobile data connection on your battered old JCB Toughphone. It's 126 swear words from Games of Thrones, delivered in their finest rough Olde English accents and edited together for maximum embeddable offense. [YouTube] Read More >>

Mathematically, How Many Different Tweets Could There Ever Be?

There's only so much you can say in 140 paltry characters. So how many possible different tweets are there that could ever be sent? Read More >>

The History of the World in 1 Map and 176 Words

Sometimes, simple explanations can be the most revealing. Take this map, for example, which depicts thousands of years of human history by representing each country with a single word. Turns out to be painfully accurate. Read More >>

The 10 Most Looked Up Words of 2012

Merriam-Webster decided to flex its mastery and importance over the English language and name the top 10 words of the year for 2012. Unsurprisingly, a lot of them are politics related (bigot anyone?), but one tech word was able to sneak its way into the top 10: meme. Read More >>

The Longest Word in English Takes 3.5 Hours to Pronounce

The longest word in English has 189,819 letters and would take you three and a half hours to pronounce correctly. Seriously. It's the chemical name of Titin (or connectin), a giant protein "that functions as a molecular spring which is responsible for the passive elasticity of muscle." You can listen to a guy pronounce the whole damn word. Read More >>


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