Page 6 - Language Facts

Blond and Blonde technically don't mean the same thing!


The correct use of "blonde" is for a woman with yellow hair for males, it's "blond." The terms aren't completely synonymous.

The term comes from Old French's "blund" which literally means midway between gold and light chestnut.

This means that blond and blonde are one of the few word in English that has gender differentiation.

While in other languages it's pretty common (for example, in Spanish it would be rubio and rubia), English has very few words that change when used for the male and female gender

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There’s a word to describe the “spiteful behavior” of inanimate objects!


Have you ever thought that an inanimate object was plotting against you? If you have, you might be a little bit delusional.

Or , on the odd chance that you think that the inanimate object world isn't out to get you - you have experience resistentialism.

Chances are you have never heard this word before. If you haven't, memorize it. It's good to expand your vocabulary on a day to day basis! Resistentialism defined as the 'seemingly spiteful behaviour shown by inanimate objects'!

A perfect example of resistentialism would be all of the little things that happen on a day to day basis that drive you mad! One of these things may include misplacing your keys.

Resistentialism was a phrase coined by Paul Jennings to describe the every day battle between man and...well...an inanimate object.

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Tank Tops got their name from old Tank Suits that women wore to swim!


Today, women mostly wear two-piece bathing suits. If you visit a beach or the local pool, you'll see any number of versions of the bikini and tankini.

Back in the 1920s though, the one piece suit was all the rage. Women's fashion back then required more coverage and bathing suits did not bare the torso but rather covered the full upper body but bared the arms.

These suits were also called "tank suits." The "tank" was the pool or body of water that the woman was swimming in. Today, we call sleeveless tops (both men's and women's) "tank tops." This comes from the sleeveless style of these one piece bathing suits.

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The color orange was named after the fruit and not the other way around!


Pretty shocking isn’t it?

The color orange was named after the fruit, not the other way around. Before then, the English speaking world referred to the orange color as geoluhread, which literally translates to “yellow-red”.

The word orange itself was introduced to English through the Spanish word “naranja”, which came from the Sanskrit word nāraṅga, which literally means “orange tree”.

The English dropped the leading “n” and eventually we got the word “orange”.

In the early 16th century, the word orange gradually started being used to not only refer to the fruit, but also what we now know of as the color orange.

As an extra fact, Christopher Columbus brought the first orange seeds to the New World on his second voyage in 1493.

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A new English word is created every 90 minutes!


You find yourself flummoxed, bamboozled, and utterly nonplussed by a series of onerous words the author has surreptitiously placed in his or her latest feature column.

The author’s lexical audacity catapults you into a fit of neaderthalic rage. Big and complex words suck–when you find them in books you probably skip over them and hope that the rest of the sentence can get the point across.

And when you use big words everyone thinks you’re arrogant or trying too hard to sound smart. As of 2012, there were over 1 million words in the English language.

In the English language, there is a new word created every 98 minutes or about 14.7 words per day! What counts as a word these days? Omg! R u srs? Lol, k. Brb.

I just expressed surprise, intrigue, delight, understanding, and urgency in 20 characters.

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